Incentives for getting the best students into teaching

So, if the way pre-service teachers are prepared for and developed within their careers is seriously flawed, and the teaching profession tends to attract and retain more than its fair share of weak students (as I suggested last week), how do we change that? Mary Raschko at Teaching Matters Most has this article outlining some incentives that we could should create in the profession that would attract and keep more of the best students, namely:

  1. Pay teachers more.
  2. Pay teachers differently.
  3. Make learning continuous.
  4. Let teachers lead.
  5. Get the word out.

Go read the whole thing. Her observation about teaching currently being a “flat profession” is especially important, I think.

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