A lot of incoming CMs starting blogs are over-the-top crazy enthusiastic about teaching. Which is great.
But I worry about the confidence that many of these newbies seem to have. There’s this mentality along the lines that “the only reason my students haven’t achieved is because their previous teachers have held low expectations for them. By holding high expectations, I will singlehandedly change their life trajectories.” I feel like this is drilled down the throats of incoming CMs with Ms. Lora’s story, where the teacher that wants to mentor Ms. Lora implies one of the kids has been unsuccessful because he is dumb.
It’s great to have confidence, but I wouldn’t want people coming into classrooms thinking that they’re the appointed saviors who will automatically succeed where others have failed.
Bloggers, please bring that enthusiasm into the classroom. Just don’t lose it when you discover that belief in the ability of all students to be successful is necessary but nowhere near sufficient to dramatically raise achievement.