How well are teachers’ colleges teaching our teachers? Most first-year teachers were satisfied with their training, concludes Public Agenda’s Lessons Learned survey. Overall 8 in 10 felt they were prepared for their first classroom (42 percent said “very prepared).
However, only 39 percent said their training in dealing with diverse classrooms helped them “a lot” once they were in their own classroom.
New middle and high school teachers said their training put too much stress on theory and not enough on the practical demands of the classroom.
Teachers, especially at the high school level, were more critical of the support they got — or didn’t get — when they started teaching.
Just a quarter of new high school teachers (26 percent) said they get excellent advice on lesson plans and teaching techniques, compared to 39 percent of elementary school teachers who said the same.
There is also a 10-point difference on the advice they said they got about handling unmotivated students: 31 percent of high school teachers say they get excellent advice, compared to 41 percent of grade school teachers.