Thanks to everyone who took time and participated in the $5 billion challenge last week. A lot of great ideas came across. The one that jumped out at me most was Trixie’s idea:
Create a new role for the classroom called an “Associate Teacher” that works with a teacher for 2 years before becoming a full-fledged teacher. Every classroom team would include a teacher, an associate teacher and a teacher assistant. It would cost a lot of money to run, but would help meet the needs of all children.
I’m not necessarily crazy about all the specifics here, but it’s a big idea and I do like the idea of using people in different ways. This strategy would be one way to help middle and high school teachers teach a lot more writing, for instance. And, bringing teacher training closer to where the work is actually done has a great deal of merit. So in terms of big picture approaches, Trixie aims at the right issues. Trixie, pop me an email and I’ll send you a book.