Some of the best teachers I know are frustrated.
These are the teachers most willing to experiment.
They’re trying out new models of class structure.
They’re introducing technology in incredibly powerful ways.
These are also the teachers that are asking the most important questions about teaching and learning.
They’re looking to have serious conversations about our goals for our students.
They want to talk about how we teach in order to meet those goals.
They want to know whether or not we can actually tell if our students are learning.
And they’re feeling like roadblocks are being thrown in their way at every turn.
Sometimes the roadblocks come from on high.
Administrators make decisions without consulting teachers.
Politicians create policies that make it harder to do the job.
Society blames teachers for not solving all the problems.
I’m used to that.
I get it.
I still worry.
But I don’t understand the teachers.
Teachers tearing others down for sharing.
Teachers getting upset when somebody suggests trying something new.
Teachers denying the very obvious problems in front of them.
Teachers playing a game of oneupmanship instead of collaborating for the benefit of all students.
Teachers clinging to things that have been done in the past even when it no longer makes sense.
I’ve talked with too many excellent teachers facing these obstacles.
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