In response to that article,
I wrote this:
The Governor was spot-on in Sunday’s Register when he points out that “passionate and self-motivated” teachers are best — research backs that up, too — and that those things are “not easy to measure or reward.”
It’s okay that those things are tough to reward. Rewards are seldom needed for the passionate and self-motivated. As long as compensation is fair and working conditions are good, those folks will be fine.
If it’s tough to measure, then why not work from the other direction?
Why not do what most successful organizations/businesses/teams do, and create the environment that those kinds of people love to work in?
Want to have high-achieving students? Have those “passionate and self-motivated” teachers in every classroom.
Want to have “passionate and self-motivated” teachers in every classroom?
Make every school a place that those kinds of teachers love to work; give them resources, autonomy, trust, a work day that makes sense, control over their professional development, and great leadership. And let them teach.
What won’t work? Yet another round of serious discussion about technological trends, rewards systems, national certification, innovation, and competition; all resulting in top-down standardized mandates that suck the life out of great teachers and drive them from the profession.
What do you think?