I) You are presenting a speech in front of your State Board of Education as a teacher advocate in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) educational environment and in an era of educational accountability for student learning.
(1) Provide for them your definition of a teacher. Include 12-15 belief statements around education that guide your actions as a teacher.
(3) Explain the tools that your State Board of Education can provide to help you succeed in the classroom as you implement NCLB policies.
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(1) First off, as you provide for them your own personal definition of a teacher, I truly see educators as the unconditional facilitator, the energizing coach, the steadfast mentor, and the lifelong "push" and spark that allows and ignites students' passions to reach for their personal, cognitive, social, and emotional goals in life inside and outside school. We are the passengers giving directions to the students, the GPS system, as the student takes the wheel and drives on the road to life, literacy, and learning. Does that resonate with you?
2. As you then include some 12-15 belief statements around education that guide your actions as a teachers, I offer mine as a sample for you to consider, depending on your own grade level and content area:
?Be the positive influence that the students need and crave academically, socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and in terms of moral and ethical conduct. You must "practice what you preach!"
?The teacher must be a Top Model: model learning, skills, writing, strategies, rules and procedures for students. You cannot ask a student to do something or make something that you have not made or done yourself.
?Be equitable in ...
NCLB ramifications are briefly mentioned from a personal teacher's vantage point.