Teacher issues in education are always changing. Teachers face many issues and challenges every day and with the budget cuts over the past few years they are facing even more. In the year 2013 teachers will continue to be presented with new and old issues. Here is a list of the top ten issues that will be facing teachers next year.
1. Number of Students
With more and more budget cuts, class sizes keep growing. With class sizes reaching over 40 in some areas it makes it very challenging to give every student the attention they need or even just a place to sit. Some classrooms are so full that there are not enough desks for every student.
Technology presents many different challenges. Teachers have to constantly stay up to date with the latest technology. Cell phones in school are becoming a problem, monitoring what students are looking at on the internet is an issue, and staying up to date with the latest programs for assessment and enrichment.
With all of the recent budget cuts teachers have to face larger class sizes, pay freezes, and less supplies for their classroom. There are some schools that can’t afford to pay their teachers or fix the leaky roof of the school. School is supposed to be a safe place for students, but with the lack of funding schools can’t even afford to fix the build.
4. Parent Involvement
Parent involvement is increasingly becoming less and less. Parent involvement is very important and teachers have to go above and beyond to get parents involved. The last school I worked at had very little parent involvement. Many parents would change their numbers or not answer the phone because they knew it was the school. It took me going to students houses in order to get in contact with parents.
5. Classroom management
Teachers constantly have to come up with new and creative classroom management strategies in order to keep students engaged. With class sizes reaching 30 and above this can seem impossible.
Bullying is becoming a big problem in schools and many times it is happening outside of school or on the internet and is being carried into school. A teacher’s role is this is complicated and uncertain.
The budget cuts that many districts are facing have caused many pay cuts or freezes. This puts a major strain on many teachers that have families to provide for.
The constant pressure to increase test scores can make for a very stressful work environment. This pressure not only affects teachers but also students. Teachers are often asked to do many different types of assessments and then they are not taught how to use these assessments. What is the point in constantly testing students?
9. New Standards
The new Common Core standards that the majority of states have adopted have caused teachers to have to learn new standards and align them with the current curriculum used by the school.
The obesity rate in children and adolescence is growing. Nearly one is five children are obese. The Children Nutrition reauthorization bill will establish national nutrition standards for school food, but it needs support. Food and exercise are something that impact students every day.