What does it take to be an effective teacher? I have been asking that since I attended a teacher of the year lunch in November. I watched as businesses in my state recognized quality teachers. I was very honored to be in their company. Upon leaving that lunch, I thought about what these other teachers had that I did not. I read through the pamphlets and biographies of each candidate. I also read through the requirements of what it took to be a candidate. Each candidate had either a Master’s Degree or a Doctorate. The requirements also stated that a candidate was evaluated on their level of education. This proves to me that continued education is valued to be an effective teacher.
However, why would any teacher go on to get a Master’s Degree let alone a Doctorate? What motivation is there for teachers to pursue higher education? I checked with my district and it is only a $2,000 a year jump for me. With all of the grading, report cards, planning and everything else a teacher has to do, there’s not much time to pursue any other achievements. Plus, I already have a part time job to help cover the bills so my time is very full and valuable. I know money is not the answer to everything but what is it that motivates some teachers to pursue higher education degrees? If it’s a factor in teacher effectiveness, why aren’t there more incentives and less obstacles for teachers to obtain Master’s Degrees?
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