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  •  going to disagree somewhat (1+ / 0-)
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    Zacapoet

    the potentiality for being a great teacher may be innate, but it still has to be developed.

    And many who may never become great have the potential to become very solid teachers.  

    Not everyone in the major leagues hits .300, but most major leaguers are far better at what they do than the people outside their profession.

    We do not need every teacher to be a superstar.  We do need to fully develop the potential of the teachers we have, because each time we have to replace one the hiring cost is usually in excess of 20k.

    Gates is wrong to say teachers don't grow after their third year.  In fact, most teachers don't begin to become fully competent until their third year if they are lucky, and in some cases their fourth.  In part that is an indication of a systemic failure in how we recruit, train, induct, and mentor new teachers.  It does not mean we should operate as if that is the only possible approach.

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 12:37:49 PM PST

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