The latest findings of the 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools: Americans want higher professional requirements for teachers and believe teacher pay is too low, but they don’t like tenure. In broad terms: public school parents trust and have confidence in the nation’s teachers, and they said communicating with their child’s teacher is easy.
Should supervisors intervene during classroom visits? Answer: Brief, impromptu, real-time coaching during classroom observations can be useful, but administrators should carefully consider how and when to obviously insert themselves into instruction.
Instead of telling students that STEM is fun, tell them it’s hard, and they’ll fell a sense of pride and accomplishment at their success. Extrinsic motivators, such as success, respect, and social utility are valid and powerful.