What It's Like to Be a Teacher in Connecticut Today

Mar 4, 2014

Teachers expressed a desire to balance evaluation with constructive support from administrators.

Why do teachers want to teach? In the era of education reform, teacher evaluations, and standardized testing, it's a question that some teachers are asking themselves.

Last week, WNPR's Where We Live hosted an evening panel discussion with teachers from across the state in order to accommodate their schedules which don't line up with a live morning call-in show. 

We invited educators to join us in the audience, and there was a general sentiment of openness to new evaluation methods, and ways of measuring performance. 

Teachers also expressed a desire to balance evaluation with constructive support from administrators.

The teachers on the panel said they are interested in getting better at teaching. They want feedback and support, not a stern visit that comes with a score and an up or down vote.

See more discussion from the evening panel below, including video of the event, online commentary from the audience, and audio clips of the panelists.

[View the story "Where We Teach: A Conversation With Connecticut's Teachers" on Storify]