Advice from a National Award Winning Teacher Who Has Had Tough Times Too
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According to a recent Gallup poll, sixty-nine percent of teachers are not engaged in their work in the United States. Teachers are not emotionally engaged in the work. What can we do about it? National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb shares his views on how to engage more teachers in teaching.
Sean shares his struggle with hopelessness from a time when he had students who had failed the test twice. He was given the students LAST PERIOD and no one wanted to be there. This honest conversation is empowering and rings true.
Sean also shares a phenomenal idea for how his school regained 80 minutes of planning time for their teachers just by reexamining “extra” duties that teachers were given.
Who is Sean McComb?
Sean McComb@Mr_McComb teaches English and AVID students at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore MD. He is the 2014 National Teacher of the Year. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at Towson University and supports pre-service teachers to develop the habits of effective teaching. He blogs at mccombsview.wordpress.com.
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