Today I have seen 2 different posts, one about quiting 7 days in, and another questioning if they should pursue teaching, both times a comment in the thread sparked thus same thought:
We need a fundamental change in teacher training.
I often hear "education classes are worthless" " I didn't learn anything meaningful in classes" "education classes were useless" "I didn't have any idea what I was getting into until I started teaching"
I understand the reason to study the theory behind education, I really do. I understand the reason and purpose to study techniques and philosophy. But, that does no good when you only have 15 weeks in your last year to practically use the the information you studied. At least in my state but I think this is pretty standard.
I do not think that this is sufficient, at all. I got extremely lucky. I was hired as a teacher who had a primary teaching load as a co teacher for humanities. So I spent a whole year working with veteran teachers watching them teach, them watching me teach, working together on planning, classroom management and dealing with difficult situations.
We really need to do better by our new teachers.