A Day in the Life of a Teacher by Heather Adamson

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The 24 midcareer entrants in our study came to teaching later, believing that it offered more meaningful work than did their previous employment. As a group, these midcareer entrants brought with them a familiarity with large and small organizations, for-profit and non-profit enterprises, entrepreneurial and bureaucratic settings. Some had worked for multiple supervisors, whereas others had been supervisors themselves. Some had experienced well-defined, useful, and ongoing on-the-job training; some had devised such training for other employees.

Some had experienced well-defined, useful, and ongoing on-the-job training; some had devised such training for other employees. Thus, midcareer entrants often enter their new school expecting a workplace that was better equipped, more flexible, and more committed to their success than the one they found. They were often dismayed when they found that their new workplaces were dreary or dilapidated, that they had scant access to telephones or the time to use them, that basic resources such as paper were in short supply, and that they had to use precious time to do routine, clerical tasks.

The enormity of the question caused the first-year teacher to lose her composure. She started to cry. Then the kids all started bawling. They spent the rest of the day watching a video. “We couldn’t do anything else,” she said. ” Besides disrupting children’s classroom situations, no one seemed to have given any thought to which children should or shouldn’t be together. Most of the kids had been together since they were tiny. They had history together. Yet no teachers seemed to have been asked for insight on the group dynamic.

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