New Teachers, Getting Adjusted, 2015-2016

  • ID: 3634208
  • Report
  • Region: United States
  • 70 Pages
  • SIMBA Information
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The teaching profession is under going significant change, as is K-12 education in general - new modes of instruction, new ways to deliver instructional resources, implementation of technology in the classroom and a new focus on accountability for student achievement.

The innovative ideas and expectations new teachers bring to the classroom and how more experienced teachers are adapting to these changes impacts the future of education. For this report, this publisher partnered with MCH Strategic Data to conduct a survey of teachers about their classroom experiences, expectations and needs.

The relatively short survey (27 multiple choice questions) was deployed over several weeks in October 2015. Questions addressed two main areas:

  • Teachers’ feelings about their preparation and their needs to be more effective;
  • Teachers’ use of instructional materials and technology.

This report examines those responses, particularly in how the experiences and responses differ among teachers new to the profession, experienced teachers new to their current position and experienced teachers long-established in their current position.

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Executive Summary

Chapter 1: Methodology

  • Elementary Classroom Teachers Most Vocal Overall, Regardless of Experience
  • Veteran Teachers Have more to Say
  • New Teachers in 2015-16 Represent Third-Largest Grade Level Responders
  • Table 1.1: Teaching Position in School District
  • Table 1.2: Teaching Experience
  • Table 1.3: Experience by Grade Level, 2015-16 First Year Teachers

Chapter 2: Overview of the Teaching Profession

  • Introduction
  • Teaching Force Grows Slightly; Public School Vacancies Decline
  • High Teacher Turnover Afflicting California, North Carolina Schools
  • Math, Science, Special Education Remain Most Difficult Subjects to Staff
  • Table 2.1: Teachers in Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools, 2011-12
  • Table 2.2: Percentage of Public Schools With at Least One Teaching Vacancy
  • Table 2.3: Turnover Reasons by Categories, North Carolina, 2014-15
  • Table 2.4: Percentage of Public Schools With at Least One Difficult to Staff Teaching Position by Subject Area

Chapter 3: Preparation

  • Introduction
  • Training Favors Standards, Technology; Mentoring on the Rise
  • Technology, Lesson Plan Ideas Can Increase Classroom Efficiency
  • Colleagues Represent Most Popular Source for New Teaching Ideas
  • Helping Children Academically, Sharing Subject Matter Passion Are Main Motivators
  • Table 3.1: Level of Comfort or Concern
  • Table 3.2: Percentage of 2015-16 First Year Teachers Who Received Training in Specific Areas Before Classes Began
  • Table 3.3: What Would Help Increase Position Efficiency, Total Survey Group
  • Table 3.4: What Would Help Increase Position Efficiency, 2015-16 First Year Teachers

Chapter 4: Instructional Materials & Devices

  • Introduction
  • Print Textbooks Still Most Preferred Instructional Material
  • First-Year Teachers Lean toward Print
  • Teacher Participation Low in Primary Curriculum Program Selection
  • Digital Resource Use Low, Mostly to Supplemental Print Instructional Materials
  • Digital Textbooks, Adaptive Learning Software Used Least Often in Classrooms
  • Team, Coworker Most Influence Supplement Choices
  • District Provided Funds Used Mostly for Music, Art, Lab Supplies
  • Use of Digital Devices in Classrooms High, Tablets/iPads Are Most Popular
  • Table 4.1: Most Preferred Resource for Teaching Core Subjects
  • Table 4.2: Most Preferred Resource for Teaching Core Subjects, 2015-16 First Year Teachers
  • Table 4.3: Five or More Hours Being Spent Using Digital Resources for In-Class Instruction
  • Table 4.4: Frequency of Instructional Resource Use in Classroom
  • Table 4.5: Frequency of Instructional Resource Use in Classroom, 2015-16 First Year Teachers
  • Table 4.6: Device Most Desired for Classroom Use

Chapter 5: Conclusions/Summary

  • Teacher Motivation Remains Consistent, Reliance On Peer Strong
  • Teachers Want Increased Use of Digital Materials, Tablets/iPads
  • Use of Devices Equalizes across Levels of Teaching Experience

Appendix I: Survey Questions and Response Rates

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