Teaching is a career that is universally praised and seen as virtuous, but often, people don’t realize the rigors and difficulties attached to the job. One organization is working to alleviate the challenges teachers face and help educators improve their teaching abilities and adapt to constantly changing classroom environments.
BetterLesson is a personalized professional development program that individually coaches teachers in order to help them improve their teaching skills. One of the places where BetterLesson has taken up roots is at Groton Elementary School, where they’ve been helping teachers improve their instructional skills since September 2016. Groton Elementary School Principal Kent Maslin described the benefit that BetterLesson is having on the nineteen teachers at his school that currently use the program.
“From a teaching perspective, they really like the fact that it is personal and that they don’t have to reveal everything to everyone in the building,” he said. “Believe it or not, teaching is a highly competitive field. They [teachers] are constantly making judgements and trying to improve their craft, and they’re competing with people in the classroom literally right next to them. So it’s nice to be able to have a private place to work on things without it having to be everybody's business.”