a supportive environment
An element of moral and ethical behavior
that seriously affects the quality of schools is reflected in the will
to do, as opposed to the refusal to do. Adults in our profession have
been hearing many voices. Some of the voices have been saying “Take
the easy way. Collect your pay—as bad as it is. Don’t expect
much from these kids. Just look at their families. Why should I put in
long hours doing what no one appreciates? It’s all about testing
Purpose of this tool: Think about the requirements of building spirit
in a faculty and staff and engendering teachers’ desire for excellence. A supportive environment is critical for beginning
teachers as well as for all others. This tool could help you to study
your school as a place for beginning teachers to make a good start.
How to use this tool: Spend a few minutes with the questions
below. Ideally, you will respond in writing and include specific examples
as verification. Ask mentors and other veteran teachers to consider the
questions, too. Discuss the results.
Identifying a supportive
environment for beginning teachers
- How do people in our professional
learning community treat one another?
- What are the greatest ethical
challenges we face as a professional learning community? Have we articulated
- Does each member of the professional
learning community make learning the focus of his or her work?
- Does each member take full responsibility
for the learning of every student?
- Do I see professionals encouraging
students to take responsibility of their own learning? For their behaviors?
- Are we developing habits of good
practice by building in structures and time for discussions about student
data, parental input, ways to improve teaching and progress toward
- What are the beginning teachers
in our building learning?
Are you satisfied? If not, then…