When I was in second grade, I started having stomach problems. Come to find out, I was really bored in school. I was reading at a higher level and my teacher didn’t keep the class engaged or helped those who were ahead. I tested for the Gifted and Talented program for my district and made it in. I spent 3rd through 8th grade in the GATE program. My 3rd grade teacher was probably one of my best teachers. She taught me a lot of things that I carried through my entire educational career. She had a passion for teaching, cared for her students’ success, not just in her class but beyond, and she understood what helps students the most. However, there were only a select few who shared her passion, care and understanding.
When I was going through school, I never paid attention to what the teachers were doing or what the principal’s job was. I know that the kids that misbehaved went to the principal’s office and that teachers graded papers, but that was the extent of it. After reading “Mission Possible: How the secrets of the success academies can work in any school,” I looked back at my educational career and noticed a few things. Very few of my teachers seemed to work very hard in keeping us engaged. They didn’t put emphasis on important curriculum, or made sure to make the classes rigorous but still have good grades be attainable. They weren’t horrible teachers, but they weren’t amazing. Because of this mediocrity they couldn’t be fired but they definitely didn’t lift the student’s to their full potential.
I think if more teachers were accountable for how they taught and their student’s success, to principals and parents, then students would get a lot more out of school.
When I entered high school, I didn’t take as many Honor’s or AP classes as I did later on in high school. I never took Honor’s English or AP English because I felt unprepared for those classes based on prior English classes in middle school. Generally, my English teachers just did the bare minimum to make the students pass. I got A’s because it was so easy, it was “read this text and answer questions.” It wasn’t fulfilling or educational. I would finish the work and take a nap, and get an A. Most kids would goof off and still pass. This doesn’t seem right…
If those teachers were more accountable for their lesson plans and student’s success, then other students and I would have had more success and not feel so behind in college English classes. For every other profession, you are accountable for your performance to your boss. If your boss doesn’t like your performance, then you will either be fired or they can help you think of better ways to succeed. The latter is what I like about the Success Academies…
“Mission Possible” is a great insight into how the Success Academies are put together, run and how that contributes to their student’s success. The principals make the teachers accountable. If for some reason the teachers aren’t getting their lesson plans across correctly, the principals and other leaders will help guide them in the right direction. They put a lot of emphasis on reading and writing, and in my experience, the public school system doesn’t. The leader’s of the Success Academies understand what it takes to make the students succeed throughout school and college. They have an emphasis on going to college. Public school does this as well, but it isn’t as engrained as it is at the Success Academies. The book comes with a DVD that has short clips of students and teachers in class, and it shows how the teachers execute their lesson plans to the students. It really helped me visualize what actually happens at a Success Academy.
After reading this, I know that when I have kids and they enter school, I am going to be an advocate for their success and education. Without parents pressuring the principals, the principals won’t pressure the teachers to make sure their student’s succeed. So please, be an advocate for your student’s education and success!
I am giving away a copy of this book and all you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom. Giveaway ends Thursday, August 16th at 9 p.m. PST.
I was compensated for this post, however, all opinions stated are my own.