Here we go again
MVP: Past experience colors our predictions for the future
The teacher is resisting the LETTERS program because of negative past experiences.
Maybe they had a terrible principal (or assistant principal) previously, and the thought of being judged on LETTERS implementation by the new principal (or AP) creates overwhelming anxiety.
Maybe they have had very negative experiences with state trainings.
Maybe they tried to implement something similar before and it didn’t work.
In each of these cases, the teacher is making a decision based on prior experience, not on the current situation.
The state has decided that all elementary school teachers must learn a science-based reading technique and structure their lessons and teach in a specific format defined by the program. Let’s be creative and call the program LETTERS.
The training requires teachers to spend 2-3 hours a week outside of the school day. As compensation the state is providing a monthly stipend of $200.
While some teachers are embracing the program, many are not.
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