Why reject some of the teachers in schools receiving students from the university in the classroomWhy reject some of the teachers in schools receiving students from the university in the...

Why reject some of the teachers in schools receiving students from the university in the classroom

Why reject some of the teachers in schools receiving students from the university in the classroom?


 Taking into account that the university student "wants to benefit, wants to write a report or want to see how students interact with the teacher in class..."

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Sometimes teachers do not feel comfortable having someone writing about or researching them, even for a college class. It could also be insecurity on the teacher's part. Being observed and studied is like having a mirror held up to you. You may not like what you see.
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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In this case, you would need to approach the schools and more importantly their administration to find out the reasons why they have refused him access. It may be that he needs to ask his supervisor or course leader to approach a particular director of a school so that any barriers that there are can be removed.

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I agree with post #5 that the teachers involved may not have the authority to invite your brother into the classroom, or alternatively may not feel comfortable for any number of reasons. In my district and many others with which I am familiar, visitors to the classroom must be cleared with the administration first. If your brother is working on a project for his university class, he should have someone at the university make the first contact.

University students in primary and secondary classrooms are nothing new; in fact almost all of us who teach spent some time observing an experienced teacher. Before we did so, however, the university had made all the proper arrangements. I would suggest then that your brother either speak to someone at the university or to school administration. I would also suggest that he not single out one teacher, even if he has a high opinion of that teacher's ability. The teacher for entirely personal reasons may not be willing to have an observer in class.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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It is also possible that for your brother to be in a K-12 classroom at all, he needs to have various clearances.  Each state probably has different requirements, but I know that in Pennsylvania, three separate kinds of clearances are required, to assure that the person visiting the classroom has no criminal record, and in particular, has no record of child abuse.  Even parents accompanying classes on field trips must have these.

Additionally, as the fifth posting suggests, your brother might very well need to approach administration in order to do this, and it is possible that a phone call or email from his professor would help pave the way for him.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Well, there are several possibilities here. If your brother is a stranger to the teachers, then they may feel uncomfortable with his request. Teachers are totally responsible for the safety of their students during the school day, and allowing someone they do not know into the classroom is a scary idea, and it may actually be against school policy.

On the other hand - and I mean no disrespect to you or your brother, but I've been a teacher a long time and I've seen a lot of things - perhaps the problem is that the teachers do know your brother. If he was not a serious student in the past, or had discipline issues, then teachers may be responding to that in a negative fashion.

A third possibility is that the teachers are not actually empowered to give this permission; your brother may be asking the wrong people. I would suggest that your brother write a formal letter outlining his research proposal, and send it to the principal or the superintendent of schools, and let them make the connection to the teachers.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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If you are asking why a school may not want to have a student teacher from the univeristy, I can think of one good reason: some university students do not have a strong academic record, and the school may feel they are not appropriately prepared to take over a classroom, even with the supervision of a regular classroom teacher. A school is responsible to providing the best education possible for its students, and if a student teacher is going to be weak and waste several weeks of time being a poor teacher, that is time those classroom students will never get back. It is vital that education majors at the university have a stellar transcript.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I'm not entirely sure I understand your question, but you seem to be asking why there is some resistance to allowing university students to sit in on classes (perhaps high school classes) taught by already employed teachers. I can imagine some reasons for such resistance, although I don't find them persuasive.  Here are two:

* such observers might make the teacher self-conscious and thus less effective

* such observers might make the teacher's students self-conscious or distracted and thus less effective

 

 

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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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My brother carries a signed document from the university.
 However, the Teachers refused to receive him.
 Is this indicates a lack of confidence of the teacher "his skills and abilities"? Or what?

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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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My brother from college wants to write a report
 on the level of the students with the teacher in the classroom.
  But many teachers
  have refused to receive him.
  Why????                                                                                                            It just wants to write a report on the extent of student interaction in class.

 What is the rationale for rejection of teachers?

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