How does performance based pay for teachers work?

I think that it is based on the progress of students. But I personally don't think this would be fair to the Gifted teacher. How much more are they going to be able to learn? A lower student has more to grow.

Why do teachers ignore it when kids call each other names or pick on others?

My only insight is that the bystander kids have to be empowered to do something and say something. I think most of this goes on in places in school where adults are not around. A group of kids who show they will not tolerate bullying of one of their members is the best defense. It has been shown time and again that if just one person steps up, others will follow. We need to really work on this in the early grades so people do step up and start that chain reaction.

Can teachers give students a ride in their car to a fundraiser?

What the others said is 100% right. It's not really about liability, its about protection from potential scandals. Although I am sure there is a liability issue as well. If you have an accident where you are driving them in a school van it is the schools insurance that is on the hook not you. You get into an accident in your car and a kid is hurt the and the kid's parent's lawyer comes looking for payment the school is going to say "hey you drove them in your car, that your problem." So there is that. However the real reason is what everyone else said. You should never be alone with a student, period. In the American Criminal Justice System you are innocent until prove guilty, right? Yes in all cases EXCEPT, EXCEPT, EXCEPT!!!!!! In cases of teachers having misconduct with students. This is no joke. If a student says a teacher did something to them, BAM!!! They are fired, pretty much on the spot. And there are more than a few cases where a person was fired, and then later it was found out the student lied. In my city a janitor was fired for having sex with a student and he lost his job, his wife, his home and people treated him like common criminal and then weeks later it was found out the girl lied. I mean students can lie no matter what you do, but the last thing you want is there to be a record that you make a habit of being a lone with students so if a student lies on you at least you can say "I am never a lone with students, so this could never happen." It is a teachers only defence.

How long can a teacher leave the class unattended? My teachers do it all the time?

Not even as a joke a teacher should hit a student or talk about beating students NO. No. NO. If this is going on in your school, try to get the time, the date and when the teacher said things of that sort and bring it to your parents attention. The school is not a place to create thoughts about violence. Teachers are to be role model for the best, not toward destruction. If you have witness and proofs, your parents must go to the Principal, if nothing is done, then your parents must go to the school district and complain about it. And about leaving the class too much too often is not right.( unless the teacher has kidney problems. or stomach problems, you have to find out if the teacher is sick) Otherwise, the teacher is not to leave the class room without a very valid reason.

How do teachers decide what teachers you will have the next year? Is it even the teachers who decide?

In my school, it is the principal and the counselor. They divide up the behaviorally challenged evenly and then the boys and then the girls. That way, each teacher gets an even amount of behavioral problems, boys, and girls. It seems to work good, but it is a small school. I think they also take into account parent requests.

TEACHERS?????!!!!!???!!?!?!?!!!?!?

Well obviously.. Me being a 33 yr old elementary teacher.. I have hot sex all the tim with my husband were human !

TeAcHeRs??

yes, this was my english teacher. she tried to teach us goegraphy come to find out some of the things she was talking about was very interesting it had to be at least 2 yrs ago

TEAChErS?????

I am so sorry that you are having a bad day. It may seem that your teachers are doing this on purpose but they've got deadlines to meet with your marks as well and then administration is putting their deadlines as well. It is alot and I know that what I am saying probably is not making sense but they need time to mark your assignments. All that I can say is to not leave your assignments for last minute then you will have too much to work on. The early bird catches the worm.

teachers..?

No you would write to all of them separately - point out something about them that made your learning easier or a unique quality about them that touched you. A good gift would be a gift certificate to a nice restaurant in town! I know that is what I would like!

Teachers...?

As a teacher myself, I would prefer gift cards to book stores or teacher supply stores more than any cutesie little gifts. To me, giving me the ability to continue to buy materials that help me continue to teach is a big compliment.