Minneapolis school's gains prompt tweaks in district strategies

  • Article by: Steve Brandt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 30, 2013 - 9:28 AM

Minneapolis school’s gains credited to team teaching prompts tweaks in district strategies.

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whompemokDec. 29, 1310:29 PM

Sounds really expensive

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comment229Dec. 30, 13 4:48 AM

You can talk about mandates, money, strategies, gimmicky programs, and teaching until the cows come home, but the bottom line in education in Minnesota, the USA, and the world, is that you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink..... Now, when you get that problem fixed, let's talk.

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comment229Dec. 30, 13 4:51 AM

PS... I am going to scream if I hear the phrase, "All kids want to learn....." No they don't. They want a pass in life and for someone to give them everything they need forever.

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jsmithxcDec. 30, 13 5:14 AM

One of the most successful strategies to use in education is to build an environment of teacher collaboration. It works well on so many levels but it does require common planning time and different way of scheduling teacher and student time. Does it cost more - some no doubt. Is a strategy that works but is more expensive really cost more than a strategy that is less expensive but does not work? Looks like great work happening at this school.

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texas_technomanDec. 30, 13 5:46 AM

Not "really expensive", starting teacher salary / average teacher salary in Mn is 24th in the nation. My dad used to say "you get what you pay for".

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turgidDec. 30, 13 8:11 AM

@comment229 - I would love one of those free passes in life. Let me know if you find an extra one.

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jpcooperDec. 30, 13 8:28 AM

texas_technomanDec "Not "really expensive", starting teacher salary / average teacher salary in Mn is 24th in the nation. My dad used to say "you get what you pay for".

We are not talking about Minnesota, we are talking about the Minneapolis School District, where their current budget is $23K per pupil, Yes, 3 FT+ Benefit teachers in a 5th grade class is expensive!

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swmnguyDec. 30, 13 8:37 AM

It doesn't matter how you do it, but you have to have a low students to teachers ratio. My son has been able to learn and do well in classrooms of 30-40 kids, but my daughter is slightly dyslexic (not enough to get any special services) and has struggled until she has gotten a little bit of well-focused individual help. It's hard to get that help in a classroom of 35 kids and 1 teacher, especially when 3 of the kids should be in an EBD program and my daughter is well-behaved.

Team Teaching is a fine way to do things. So is 1 teacher in a classroom with 15 or fewer kids. Any way the teachers can get to know the kids, collaborate with each other so every teacher a kid sees knows what's going on with the kid in every school situation.

Cost? If you think education is expensive, wait 'til you see the costs of ignorance.

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comment229Dec. 30, 13 9:16 AM

turgid: All you have to do is look at all the people who refuse to work in this world. You can pick your own road to staying home and blame it on someone else... I worked two jobs for most of my life... and have seen kids who refuse to take advantage of a free education in this country and wonder why. Then I see people on unemployment forever, SS disability, and that ever popular welfare cycle that has become a lifestyle. What can the schools do about that? Just about nothing; it is societal; it is cultural; it is disgusting.

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mmp14yrDec. 30, 1310:01 AM

It's not really more expensive than the more traditional method of pulling small groups of students. This s just a more productive way of structuring staff schedules and a method of teaching that allows for collaboration.

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