Your school has one (or more likely more) of those classes.
You know the ones I’m talking about. We use the word “disengaged” if we’re being polite, and far more colourful language if we’re not! So who should teach them?
Some bright spark suggests that perhaps the best teacher in the department teaches them next term.
Of course this is crazy talk, because the best teacher is taking the advanced classes.
Or in other words, the best teacher only teaches the best students.
You see I’m concerned that all too often we give our toughest classes to our newest recruits. I examined this phenomenon in an article I wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this year.
It’s not just in Australia by the way, it happens all over the world.
We give our new teachers a baptism of fire that is so torrid that the research suggests it sees off nearly half of them within their first 5 years of teaching…
I’ll say that again –
NEARLY HALF OF NEW TEACHERS LEAVE THE PROFESSION WITHIN THEIR FIRST 5 YEARS.
Meanwhile, the best teachers keep on teaching the best students…