Of course, this is not a comprehensive list of all the obstacles teachers face. Some of the obstacles listed below are specific, usually the result of distinct policies and practices. Others are in the form of overarching paradigms and beliefs. All of them serve as obstacles to a 21st century model of education, and all of them can be overcome.
Some problems are within the Circle of Control [i] of the teacher, while others exist outside the Circle of Control but are within the Circle of Influence. Within this series we will identify actions which can be taken from within each circle. We need to bear in mind the philosophy that obstacles can be overcome by using them as stepping stones to success.
Here's a hint of what you will findon our list. Are they on your list, too?:
1. Daily Bell Schedule
2. Mandated Curriculum Pacing Guides, i.e. "Marching Orders"
3. Lack of Planning Time
Click here to see our "starter list" of Top Twelve Obstacles . . . and then find out what we can do about them! How many of these obstacles do you encounter as an educator? And be sure to share with us what other obstacles should be added to the list!