TEACHERS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/TEACHERS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Letter: Schools just a product of bully culture http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58284632-82/bullying-schools-teachers-public.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58284632-82/bullying-schools-teachers-public.html.csp">Letter: Schools just a product of bully culture</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-11T19:54:03.041-06:00">Updated Aug 11, 2014 07:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Adults worry, discuss and employ a variety of programs to address problems of bullying in our youth. A recent letter discussed bullying in public schools (“Don’t ignore bullying,” August 9). As an educator who has witnessed intimidation in both private religious and public schools, I believe that to effectively address this issue we must understand that we are a culture of aggressors and intimidators. Adults model offensive behaviors daily. Principals, staff, teachers, parents, siblings and f...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58284632@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:54:03 MDT Cepeda: Teachers must not feel powerless http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58243292-82/teachers-teacher-feel-education.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58243292-82/teachers-teacher-feel-education.html.csp">Cepeda: Teachers must not feel powerless</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Esther Cepeda</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-31T01:01:03.251-06:00">Updated Jul 31, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">CHICAGO • Teachers feel powerless. This is the fundamental problem with education reform in America: The people who are most important in a child’s classroom feel they are effectively without a voice. When new teachers are concerned about their performance in the classroom, going to an assigned mentor opens the possibility of being perceived as weak or faltering. The additional fear is that an offhand remark that claims the newbie isn’t hacking it will reach a supervisor. When a t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58243292@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:01:03 MDT Teacher essay: Seeing the big picture in Finland http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58188051-78/teacher-students-doing-finland.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58188051-78/teacher-students-doing-finland.html.csp">Teacher essay: Seeing the big picture in Finland</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Tara Black </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Special to The Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-19T10:41:21.176-06:00">Updated Jul 19, 2014 10:41AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editor’s note: Tara Black, who teachers second grade at Indian Hills Elementary in Salt Lake City, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — I am constantly reevaluating what I’m doing with my current students to make sure I am teaching them in a way that they will comprehend and retain. I try to be the teacher that I hope my own family will have. I like to think I am back...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58188051@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:41:21 MDT What can Utah schools learn from education leader Finland? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58166744-78/teachers-finland-students-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58166744-78/teachers-finland-students-utah.html.csp">What can Utah schools learn from education leader Finland?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By lisa schencker</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-19T21:57:35.245-06:00">Updated Jul 19, 2014 09:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It’s a country that shies away from high-stakes school testing. It’s a place where teachers are required to have master’s degrees, students spend less time in school than in the U.S. and early childhood education programs are available to all kids. To some Utahns, the school system in Finland might sound like a dream, and, to others, a backward approach. But there’s no arguing with the results: Finland’s students rank far higher than those in the U.S. on international PISA tests. At a time when ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58166744@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:57:35 MDT Teacher essay: Finland sees kids as ‘our greatest natural resource’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198450-78/finland-teachers-teacher-educators.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198450-78/finland-teachers-teacher-educators.html.csp">Teacher essay: Finland sees kids as ‘our greatest natural resource’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Linda Davis</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Special to The Tribune </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T13:13:01.71-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 01:13PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editor’s note: Linda Davis, a special education teacher at Hillside Middle School in Salt Lake City, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — As a middle school teacher of special education for the past 29 years, I was impressed in Finland by the way raising and teaching children are truly communal activities, where everyone is treated as equally as possible. For example,...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58198450@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:13:01 MDT Teacher essay: Getting students involved in the adult world http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198411-78/students-teachers-community-activities.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198411-78/students-teachers-community-activities.html.csp">Teacher essay: Getting students involved in the adult world</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Donell Willey </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Special to The Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T13:04:02.129-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 01:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editor’s note: Lakeridge Junior High teacher Donell Willey was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — My philosophy of teaching stems from my belief that children generally want to contribute to the well-being of, and make a difference in, whatever situation they find themselves, whether in their family or broader community. But do our traditional classrooms provide our stu...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58198411@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:04:02 MDT Teacher essay: Training great teachers the Finnish way http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198388-78/teachers-finland-teacher-doctors.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198388-78/teachers-finland-teacher-doctors.html.csp">Teacher essay: Training great teachers the Finnish way</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Laura Nelson </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Special to The Tribune </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T12:51:59.159-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 12:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editor’s note: Laura Nelson, a French teacher at East High School in Salt Lake City, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — In Finland, most young people who choose to enter the teaching profession make that decision before they even leave high school. Potential teachers go through a rigorous application process. They have to have high scores on the matriculation exam, a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58198388@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:51:59 MDT Teacher essay: Having the time to show students you care http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58161674-78/students-teacher-teachers-art.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58161674-78/students-teacher-teachers-art.html.csp">Teacher essay: Having the time to show students you care</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Russ McKell</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Special to The Tribune </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T11:39:42.21-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 11:39AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editor’s note: Russ McKell, a social studies teacher at Summit High School in Orem, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — In general, Finnish teachers are happy. They are professional. They are focused on students. And their classroom sizes are half the size of ours. In the small community of Siuntio, we toured an art classroom where art teacher Mari Sarviaho proudly s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58161674@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:39:42 MDT Teacher essay: Can we turn Finnish education values into Utah realities? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58165930-78/education-teachers-finnish-finns.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58165930-78/education-teachers-finnish-finns.html.csp">Teacher essay: Can we turn Finnish education values into Utah realities?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Denise Jamsa </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Special to The Salt Lake Tribune </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T14:08:15.787-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 02:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editor’s note: Music teacher Denise Jamsa was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — Finnish children start school at the age of seven, attend for only a few hours each day in the early grades, access very few gifted and talented programs, and take no standardized tests until they are at the end of 9th grade. Yet when they do finally take the international PISA test, they...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58165930@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:08:15 MDT Districts debate merits of master’s for teachers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58177218-68/pay-teachers-advanced-degrees.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58177218-68/pay-teachers-advanced-degrees.html.csp">Districts debate merits of master’s for teachers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JAMIE STENGLE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-12T13:08:01.535-06:00">Updated Jul 12, 2014 01:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Dallas • Efforts to eliminate extra pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees are gaining momentum in a small but growing number of U.S. schools, stirring a national debate about how best to compensate quality educators and angering teachers who say the extra training is valuable. More than half of the nation’s teachers have master’s degrees or higher, but the changing salary structure is giving pause to others considering the same path. Texas’ two largest school districts, in Houston and Dalla...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58177218@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:08:01 MDT Op-ed: Despite claim, Utah teachers don’t get jobs for life http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58170849-82/utah-teachers-law-dismissal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58170849-82/utah-teachers-law-dismissal.html.csp">Op-ed: Despite claim, Utah teachers don’t get jobs for life</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-11T17:20:02.185-06:00">Updated Jul 11, 2014 05:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah public school teachers and administrators face an uphill climb as they prepare for evaluations being implemented in response to a law passed by the Utah Legislature in 2012 (Senate Bill 64). The legislation, crafted in collaboration with the Utah State Board of Education, the state superintendent, the Utah School Boards Association and the Utah Education Association, had nearly unanimous support from the legislative body. Given the substantive way this law changes how Utah teachers are eva...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58170849@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:20:02 MDT Union leader derides Obama education chief http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58173660-68/education-teachers-union-chief.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58173660-68/education-teachers-union-chief.html.csp">Union leader derides Obama education chief</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MICHAEL R. BLOOD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-11T09:39:01.736-06:00">Updated Jul 11, 2014 09:39AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Los Angeles • The president of the nation’s second-largest teachers union has harsh words for President Barack Obama’s education chief, but stops short of calling for his ouster. United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten says Education Secretary Arne Duncan needs to listen to parents and teachers, not dismiss their concerns. In a draft of a speech she will deliver Friday in Los Angeles, Weingarten says the union needs an education secretary who “walks our walk and fights our fight...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581736602014-07-11T09:39:01.736-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-11T09:39:01.736-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58173660@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:39:01 MDT Former Utah teacher to lead National Education Association http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58156804-78/eskelsen-garcia-utah-teachers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58156804-78/eskelsen-garcia-utah-teachers.html.csp">Former Utah teacher to lead National Education Association</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lisa Schencker</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-08T09:31:31.67-06:00">Updated Jul 8, 2014 09:31AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The incoming president of the nation’s largest teachers’ union knows something about hefty class sizes and low per-pupil funding. She taught in Utah, after all. Utah teachers “are so common sense, and we can stretch a dollar until you can see through it,” said Lily Eskelsen Garcia. “We know how to use resources well. No one can say we’re wasting money in Utah. What we want are common sense solutions and tools to do our job, and what we want is an end to toxic testing that’s actually punishing o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58156804@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:31:31 MDT