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  •  Honestly, (8+ / 0-)

    The way you build a great school is through community. Changing a teaching staff each year is destructive to any school, especially in a low income area where kids already lack stability.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 11:58:01 AM PDT

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    •  Not necessarily... it needs to be done in the (1+ / 0-)
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      right way.

      We're a military family and move a lot. Having the chance to meet different kinds of people across the nation has done a lot to help educate my kids. Lack of stability doesn't always have to be negative.

      Having different teachers at your school could be a way to introduce kids to more diverse communities as well, just maybe not a yearly cycle. It would be neat to offer teachers the opportunity to serve in different community a couple of times in their career and could serve two purposes - it could introduce kids to someone from a different place (like having exchange students but you would have an exchange teacher) and it provides the teacher a break from their own school and would provide opportunities for career broadening (like a working sabatical). If we had an actual state to state teacher exchange program, it might help kids in CA learn about people from TX and kids from FL learn about people in OR, etc., etc., etc.

      •  If you wanted to rotate teachers on a longer (1+ / 0-)
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        schedule, like 4-5 years, maybe. Or if you had a handful of teachers who rotated regularly, that could create some of the dynamic you're seeking.

        But if you had a whole staff that was in a school for their first year, and not staying, that is hugely disruptive. The teachers don't know the other teachers on staff. The teachers cannot consult with Suzy's teacher last year. Teachers cannot accumulate materials for this classroom expecting to use it next year nor can they establish ongoing programs like living history field trips and the like.

        Any organization will tell you that constant turnover and churn of staff is disruptive and expensive, especially one that is so skilled and labor intensive.

        Your kids have the stability of you - a parent who loves them and who cares about them and who is concerned about their education. The kids we're concerned about often have NO ONE besides teachers who know them for themselves. Having access to a school and teacher that can create a long term relationship is their only chance at one.

        In general, kids who move around a lot do have lower academic outcomes - especially kids in low income households.

        Teachers already come from lots of places and from different backgrounds, and often that is reflected in their classrooms.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 03:53:29 PM PDT

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