Once again I hit the airwaves this Sunday, April 14th in order to delve in to a topic that is of great interest to me.. Helping classroom teachers.
Well for starters, statistics are staggering over the number of teachers who are leaving their profession. Many of the reasons cited have nothing to do with salary but the demands that are placed on teachers which in a short amount of time take an emotional and physical toll.
Years ago teachers had really a handful of simple professional duties. Instruct. Keep the parents as to progress at report card and conference time. Make sure the students get to lunch and to and from the bus on time. Don’t mess up on the fire drill routine.
Today the average classroom teacher is expected to complete all of the above and a myriad of other duties which include being a surrogate parent, law enforcer, special education expert, local implementer oft disaster and emergency plans, counselor, behavioral specialist, etc.
All of this is why I am delighted that Otis Kriegel who wrote the book Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know (But Didn’t Learn in College) will be joining me for this interview. In essence he will share his “pearls of wisdom” for new and seasoned teachers. I hope his incredible knowledge and candor will help keep teachers in the classroom and motivate others to become teachers. See the featured video below to get a taste of Otis’ ability to relate and engage.
I loved the book – it truly is great and I am sure we will discuss the why and how of writing it.
To listen live please join us Sunday, April 14th at 8pET, 5p PT at the 411 VOICES RADIO NETWORK.
New teachers with questions are encouraged to call in during the live show.
Learn more about Otis Kriegel on his website www.otiskriegel.com
The book is available from the publisher FREE SPIRIT PUBLISHING and other locations where books are commonly sold.