No Child Left Behind: Challenges for ALL Teachers
by Francis (Skip) Fennell, NCTM President 2006-2008 NCTM News Bulletin, July/August 2007 (PDF)
Welcome back! Well, here you go—one more year. Whether this is your first year of teaching or your thirty-first, the energy and enthusiasm you’ll put into getting ready for the new school year will be, shall we say, special.
Getting ready for new students and those first few days of school requires more than getting your classroom in order, sorting through rosters, making sure materials are stocked, greeting colleagues, and engaging in beginning-of-the-year professional development activities. It also includes planning for the long-range stuff, such as the progress of your students, your school, and your school district according to the expectations set by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. In this way, NCLB has affected teachers at every level.
My hope is that the proposed reauthorization of NCLB, which is under discussion as this message is being written, will include support for mathematics teachers in the equation for success for all students. Such support should help teachers meet the following challenges:
Yep, the new school year is upon us, and with it come these challenges—and plenty more. No Child Left Behind offers challenges for all mathematics teachers. Let’s hope that we’ll get the assistance we need to ensure that all students have opportunities to learn challenging mathematics. Have a great year!