I thought about this question a lot, and my first thought was, "what did it take to recruit me?" The truth is the long summers, Christmas break and a week off in April of every year was enough to pull me away from an industry that I needed a long rest from. Now when I look back, I realize that I should have weighed more than a few snow days to come to my decision. If I had to create a list of items that I would spend federal dollars on, it would consist of the following:
1. Classroom Management Training-Many of us industry veterans are like deer in headlights the first time we are cursed out by a potty mouthed teenager. The process of getting young people to do what you want them to do is more of an art than a science, particularly when you are told everyday that you look younger than most of the students in your class.
2. Mentor Development- I think it is extremely important to pair veteran teachers with novice teachers to prepare them for the day to day tasks as well as the administrative aspects of the teaching profession.
3. Supplies-I find myself searching high and low for items to complete the necessary labs for my program, and the labs are actually what students yearn to participate in. I think it is imperative to have the necessary lab supplies to enhance the experience for students.
4. Technology-In today's society technology is a way of life, more necessary than food and shelter to in the minds of many teenagers. Schools need to invest in technology to keep students up to date and ready to enter the work force on a level playing field with their counterparts and peers.
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