Friday, November 23, 2007
Schools That Work
The latest New York Teacher is beginning a series about schools that work. The first story is about MS 45 in Manhattan which managed to pull itself off the SURR list.
1. Class-size cap of 20
2. Effective discipline including a SAVE room for behavioral modification. the kids are given real work, learning takes place, and their is a reward system.
3. Teacher driven staff development
4. Good relationship between staff and the administration
Teachers have always cited the above 4 statements as things necessary to improve our schools. Instead of pouring money into lawyers to get rid of supposedly "U" teachers and into hiring private consulting teachers, the money should be used as it is being used in MS 45. Only then well we see real improvement in our schools.