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Document Number: 7133

Report on the Teacher Needs Survey - Pre-K through 12th-grade teachers want more preparation in classroom management and instructional skills, according to this nationwide survey. According to the more than 2,300 responses received, teachers want help with classroom management in areas including student safety in classrooms and dealing with students' negative or disruptive behaviors. Teachers also want help with instructional skills, such as promoting critical thinking and motivating students to learn. Novice teachers, in particular, expressed a strong need for assistance. New teachers, those most likely to leave the profession, are seeking instructional strategies to serve the wide range of achievement levels students bring to the same classroom. Survey respondents indicated a preference for receiving professional development in the form of online courses or small in-district workshops, rather than larger regional workshops. (American Psychological Association, August 2006) ...

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