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Santoro, Doris A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2020
When teachers talk about leaving the profession, they are commonly described as "burnt out." But for many, argues Doris Santoro, that's not the real story. In truth, most teachers enter teaching because they want to pursue moral commitments to the well-being of their students, colleagues, and communities. In-depth interviews with…
Descriptors: Teacher Burnout, Teaching Conditions, Teacher Attitudes, Moral Values
Wardrip, Peter; Evancho, Jeffrey; McNamara, Annie – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
A question like "what do you want your children to be like when they leave your class?" seems simple on the surface, but it quickly becomes complex when teachers are asked to name, prioritize, and document the kinds of student learning and engagement they value most. This article shares the ongoing work of a regional learning community…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Educational Objectives, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
McCarthy, Christopher Jay – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Teacher stress takes a measurable toll on the teaching workforce, as many teachers become burned out and decide to leave the profession. Christopher McCarthy explains that stress is a psychological process that results from how teachers appraise the balance between the demands in their classrooms and the resources they have to meet those demands.…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Teacher Burnout, Intervention, At Risk Persons
Donaldson, Morgaen L.; Johnson, Susan Moore – Phi Delta Kappan, 2011
A large-scale, nationwide analysis of Teach For America teacher turnover presents a deeper picture of which TFAers stay, which ones leave the profession and some suggestions about why they leave. The authors learned that nearly two-thirds (60.5%) of TFA teachers continue as public school teachers beyond their two-year commitment; more than half…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, Public School Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Career Change
Little, Judith Warren; Gearhart, Maryl; Curry, Marnie; Kafka, Judith – Phi Delta Kappan, 2003
Describes several projects that have enabled teachers to leave the isolation of their own classrooms and think together about student work in the broader contexts of school improvement and professional development. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Collegiality, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development
Valadez, Gilbert – Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
When asked by a student in a seminar recently if he could remember a perfect day teaching elementary school, the author writes memories of one he distinctly remembers because he gained new insight into teaching on that particular day. After returning to work following the devastating loss of a younger 19 year-old brother in a car crash, he resumed…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Grief, Teaching Experience, Transformative Learning
Butzin, Sarah M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
Who says learning always has to be drudgery? Sarah Butzin, the founder of the Institute for School Innovation, proposes "triangulated learning" as a way to give children time to play and develop, even as they pursue high standards. Triangulation is a metaphor for strength. A triangulated learning system taps the power of three to meet…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Instruction
Darling-Hammond, Linda – Phi Delta Kappan, 1990
President Bush and the nation's governors have proposed that by 2000, all children will leave grades 4, 8, and 12 with demonstrated competency in challenging subject matter and use of their minds. This article discusses the improvements needed in curriculum and testing, teachers and teaching, and school superstructures. Includes 39 references.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change