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Some people advocate for a more integrated educational experience that puts students into work environments where they can actively see the value of education and put their skills to work.
If education has employment and employablity as part of its goal set then putting students into work situations as an element of the educational program could make sense.
I think to make high schools more effective:
1) the goals need to be much more clear. Are we presenting a set of core knowledge deemed important? Are we preparing students for college? Are we preparing students for life? Know you goals and make EVERYTHING done in that school a piece of getting there. If it is not advancing your goals, you don't need it.
2) Good education is a partnership. It is a partnership between teacher and student. Between teacher and parent. Between student and parent. Between teacher and teacher. Between teacher and administration. Between school and the community and so on and so on. We need to recognize all the stake holders in a school and do whatever it takes to work together toward our well defined common goals for the school (see #1) If you are not a team player or do not agree with the goals of the school, then this should not be where you are.
3) Recognize and react to individual needs. First the students. what do they need? Be proactive. If we are meeting their needs right from the get go, then we have less problems to fix later on. Recognize the needs of those providing for the students and do our best to meet those needs. Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community at large each have our own needs that must be met in order for them to provide for the students. For example: As a teacher I have a list of things (tangible and intangible) that I need in order to provide for my students' needs. Each of the things on my list that I don't have makes it harder and harder for me to meet the needs of my students.
Schools are running significantly behind the rest of society in terms of technology. Schools have some technology, but it's not enough. For example, we have computer labs, but we don't have computers in classrooms. This means students only use technology here and there. At other times we are trying to teach the old-fashioned way, and that just doesn't interest students much.
I hate to think of it this way, but schools are, in some ways, actually a step down for students. We must look like dinosaurs to them.
The best thing a high school can do is create opportunities for students to develop the skills they need as adults. This might mean academies or vocational training, sports, theater, clubs and so on. Everyone needs a chance to dabble in what they might want to do with the rest of their lives. Why not find out before it’s too late?
I do not necessarily agree that high school administrators in general need to be swift and harsh in their punishments, though I don't doubt that may be true in individual cases. The most effective principal I have ever known also insisted on working in a classroom in addition to her administrative duties. She knew ever student (there were over 400) by name, as well as their parents, and insisted that all the teachers did the same (we had pop quizzes on it every week. She was constantly in and out of other teachers' classrooms and gave lots of feedback, both positive and negative. In short, she was proactive rather than waiting for trouble to happen. Students knew that they were being watched, and that people cared about them. When problems did arise, students were disciplined, but we had maybe 1/2 the discipline problems there as I did at my previous school.
In my public school teaching experience, my thought for what administration could do differently to make high school more effective, is to deal with discipline isuues and threatening students more swiftly and more harshly. One of the biggest problems I've seen in larger public high schools is an atmosphere of fear and threat that largely gets swept under the rug because administration is afraid to confront it.
I think most high school admin. and teachers are already actively doing what they can to get parents more involved. The reality is that far too many families today have working parents. The best way to improve a school environment is to effectively control the things that are controllable. This means building personal relationships with students (in school), making classrooms a place where students enjoy sitting for an hour, and enforcing boundaries consisitently so that students feel emotionally and physically secure.
Engage in greater partnership with parent and student. My best experience of teaching was at a school where parents were expected to support the school and a strong three-way relationship was maintained. Raising parent expectations and involvement, as well as student engagement, is key. Education is both a right AND a privilege..
We need to look to the example of Finland and understand how they transformed their educational system. Obviously, there are differences between our nations, but their model of teacher training, as well as giving students MUCH more ownership of their education would make US high schools much more effective.
The program I was in, the International Baccalaureate, made it required to do volunteer work for approximately 200 hours, whether it was tutoring, volunteering around communities, or working with professionals without pay. I think it's a great idea because it helps kids to become productive and see how real life works outside of school. It also gives them valuable life experience.
One of the keys to having a successful high school I believe would be having the administrative team be consistent. Students can tell when things are not consistent and play off of that. In the classroom, administrators should be present and know what is going on with acitivities. Students should be engaged in learning where there should be active learning and group/partner activities for more discussion and advanced learning.
question is not about govt . its about what a administrater should do to made school impressive?
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