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PRIMARY SOURCES: 2012

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PRIMARY SOURCES: 2012. AMERICA’S TEACHERS ON THE TEACHING PROFESSION. A Project of Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
PRIMARY SOURCES: 2012. AMERICA’S TEACHERS ON THE TEACHING PROFESSION. A Project of Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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“I want to provide more opportunities or my students to have educationexperiences outside the classroom.”
 
“I am a lie-long learner and hope toinspire that attitude in my students.
“I teach each child as an individual frst,then as part o the group.”
“Each classroom needs the necessary technologyto teach our students or tomorrow.”
“Strong communication between schoolleaders, teachers, students and parents is essential.”
“I am constantlyworking to become a better teacher and increase my knowledge base.”
“Iwant my students to be successul, to be able to think independently and tomake choices that will help them be productive citizens.”
“Students thrivewhen their home environment values education and success.
“I am notjust an educator, buta coach, encourager,confdant, cheerleaderand supporter.”
“Weall need to takeresponsibility or the education o our children.”
“My students make me wantto be a better teacher.”
“Class sizes are larger, demands are larger, and payis lower.”
“Let me use the education I have to do what I know is the mosteective in my classroom.”
“We need the reedom to make decisions based onthe students we have in our classrooms.”
“I have always been a believer thatin a thriving and ulflling environment, all students can achieve.
“Studentsneed to be in a sae environment that provides instruction that best suitstheir learning styles and educational needs.
“Our public education systemis only as good as its partnership with amilies.”
“I have the privilegeo working with an entire sta o proessionals with the goal o educatingstudents.”
“I teach because I love to watch students learn about the worldaround them and discovering their role in it.
Teachers should be able to teachusing the method they eel is best or their class.”
“We need more alternativeassessments to accurately portray students’ understanding o content.”
“It’s
 
AMERICA’S TEACHERS ON THE TEACHING PROFESSION
A Project of Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 
PRIMARY SOURCES: 2012
 
This report is a collaboration of Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Copyright © 2010 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.All Rights Reserved. Published by Scholastic Inc. Printed in the U.S.A.Item Number: 279011
 
“Working with students brings a new environmentevery year, every day, every hour. There’s nothingbetter than watching the lightbulb go on.”
MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER
This report is a collaboration of Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Copyright © 2012 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.All Rights Reserved. Published by Scholastic Inc. Printed in the U.S.A.
 
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Every day in America teachers change lives. Learning is a Kindergarten teacher unlocking the languageo letters and numbers, a ourth grade teacher revealing the world o science, a middle school teacherbringing history to lie, or a high school teacher who introduces students to their avorite book.In 2009, a Scholastic and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation survey o nearly 40,000 public schoolteachers conrmed what we know in our hearts – teachers are the single most important in-school actorin ensuring students’ academic success. They know what works in their classrooms, what resonateswith their students, and what makes them the best teachers they can be.In this year’s
Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on the Teaching Profession 
, we asked more than10,000 teachers about their schools and classrooms, about student and teacher perormance andabout the ways it should be evaluated, supported and rewarded. They shared their honest, proessionalopinions on everything rom the role o standardized tests to teacher tenure, rom amily involvement to job satisaction, rom digital content to salaries.We learned that the challenges acing America’s students, teachers and schools reported in the originalsurvey are even greater today. Many teachers report increasing numbers o students who are hungry,homeless and have behavioral issues, and many tell us that learning challenges are increasing incommunities at all income levels.In spite o these obstacles, America’s teachers are determined to help students build the critical skillsthey need or an increasingly complex society. They want better instructional resources to urtherdevelop their students’ skills and their own practice. They are eager or the training and eedback theyneed to best meet the needs o their most struggling students and to ensure all students are able to meetthe new Common Core State Standards. They seek strong school leadership and a deeper level o amilyinvolvement toward the important goal o meeting the needs o all learners.
Primary Sources 2012 
delves into the everyday experience o teaching in today’s schools, and refectsthe diversity o opinion and practice in the teaching proession. The data refects responses romeducators in every state and at every grade level, and rom those teaching students o all income levels
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