ERIC Number: ED460106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Substitute Teaching: A College Professor's Personal Experience.
Colbert, Ronald P.
This paper reports on one Massachusetts teacher educator's work as a substitute teacher in local urban and suburban public schools. His goals were to assess diversity within today's classrooms, be better informed as a teacher educator, gain new clarity about teacher roles, understand the changing role of school administrators, and re-establish his credibility as a teacher of children and youth. Highlights of his experience included opportunities for self-assessment of his teaching skills and discovery of such facts as: teaching to the test was the priority in all classrooms, lack of collegiality was the norm, teacher-directed instruction predominated, differentiated instruction did not exist, and public schools struggled to meet the demanding federal and state legislative and regulatory changes. Schools were desperate to find good substitute teachers and often had to hire untrained, uncertified substitutes. Compensation for substitute teachers was very modest, with no fringe benefits. Classrooms included students with many varied abilities. The ever-increasing importance of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment was evident everywhere. Many school administrators were actively invisible. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts