Teachers come and go, and there is nothing unusual about that. The most usual thing to happen to anyone today. But how does this affect the learning process when it happens in the middle of the year?
The United States today, in terms of the turnover rate of teachers, sets the tone compared with other countries. Much has already been said and written on this subject. But all this was presented and is being presented as a kind of overall picture reflecting the situation between school years. But what do we know about those teachers who, figuratively speaking, began the lesson and left in the middle of it?
Especially in the light of the fact that such mid-year exits are not reported as staff turnover rates. As well as the negative consequences for students, the school staff members and the educational process as a whole that don’t end up in these reports.
What we have currently is certainly not perfect
In the course of three-year studies in the form of monthly the monitoring and evaluation of novice teachers, results were obtained on the effect of the consequences of leaving work before and after the start of the school year.
We will not get into the digital details for, as expected, young teachers, mostly from poor schools, amounted to one-quarter of all number who left their workplaces in the middle of the school year.
On the question of the educational process, the most alarming problems are:
- an all-around fall in standards of education;
- non-use of 40 school days (and this is just an average figure).
According to experts, there are three main reasons for shedding light on the above:
- disruption in classes;
- instability at school;
- insufficient qualification of a new teacher.
On top of that, the appearance of a new teacher in the middle of the year can have a negative impact on both the child and the well-established relationships in the students’ families.
In addition, such exits violate the established patterns of working relationship within the school for all staff.
And the sad fact is that they do not mean any suitable or equivalent replacement.
We do not need to be analysts to understand that a shortage of teachers at the national level is caused by:
- insufficient financing of schools;
- low wages;
- lack of support from professionals;
- work environment.
These are the main reasons for applying to newly minted teachers after quickie training course with no experience.
According to experts in the field of education, today, schools are being staffed with teachers who do not have sufficient qualifications for teaching. The likelihood that these people will leave school very soon is very high.
At the same time, there is every reason to hope that specialists who attend traditional teacher training programs will not change their profession, but may move to another school.
We need to address what comes next
But this could be that chance for keeping new teachers from leaving:
- qualified mentoring;
- stimulation for beginning teachers;
- support of the school administration.
Well-trained beginning teachers are twice as likely to remain in teaching as those ones who do not participate in traditional programs and do not receive mentoring.
Mentorship programs and administration helping are an important factor in keeping teachers. However, initially, we have to understand the time and cause of their leaving.