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Many of the issues related to teacher performance could be eliminated if educators were provided with an appropriate amount of time to attend to the core function. School principal are supposed to be instructional leaders, but often do not have enough time to supervise and support instructional practice.
The new teacher attrition rate is often a result of novices being thrown into a new profession with little support or mentoring, not because of inadequate training. Even if they hold an advanced degree, many corporations spend thousands of dollars and countless hours preparing new employees to successfully enter their workplace. In contrast, new teachers are often given the least desirable teaching assignments, with busy schedules that don't provide them with the time needed to interact, collaborate and learn from their colleagues.
I have always found it ironic when educational administrators complain about teacher tenure, as the only way for a teacher to get tenure is by having a principal recommend them for tenure. Providing principals with enough time to properly interview and assess teacher candidates during the hiring process and then the time and resources to evaluate their performance during their first years of teaching would help to ensure that under-qualified or poor performing teachers don't get tenure in the first place.
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