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Quest to Learn

Quest to Learn has partnered with The Institute of Play to create a school for grades 6 through 12. This year the school opened it’s doors to at least 81 sixth graders. The basis for the school is cutting edge. They believe that games are a great platform for learning. It is the concept of learning by doing. The students literally take on identities in virtual worlds to become any number of things. These could include historians, mathematicians, explorers, scientists, developers, or any great thinkers. They take on these roles and learn to function in them which fosters critical thinking.

This does not mean that the students will sit around playing commercial video games all day long. The games are designed to meet all educational standards if not surpass them. These games are designed to give the student time, space and purpose to figure out complex problems. They are given the tools to succeed in the games but they have to work at it and take feedback from their social group as well as meet complex situations head on.
Some may argue that the “role playing” aspect of this is an iffy topic. But as the school states in it’s 10 Core Practices that we all take on the role of student, teacher, developer, gamer, writer, designer and producer. The great thing is that these kids will be taught that these roles in school are directly linked to their roles in life. For those wondering about the “role playing” aspect rest assured that these kids will not be taking on identities that leave them anonymous and unaccountable for what they do whether it is virtual or not.
The research backing this school is astounding. They have studies to show that most kids between 8 and 18 spend more than eight hours per day interacting with some sort of digital media. This is an astounding amount of time. If kids are learning in high school how to put these skills into something marketable that is just a bonus. Starting in 8th grade Quest to Learn will also have kids in college preparation and internships.
This school is located in New York and is publicly funded.

School Teacher Pay

Here we will briefly discuss a teacher’s duties and school teacher pay as well as the job prospects and forecast. 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the following about public school teaching:

  • Public school teachers must be licensed with a bachelors degree and completion of a teaching program.
  • States offer alternative programs to draw people into the teaching field with a focus on positions that are typically hard to fill.
  • Job offers are out there but vary depending on demographic regions.

Teachers are to promote the education and social skills of children in their early years (K-12).  Teachers play a key role in the future of the child.  The tone they set in the classroom, the support they give and the knowledge they impart all shape the child’s future. 

In subjects as mathematics, science, and English among others teachers prepare presentations, assignments, demonstrations, and activities to teach different concepts and to increase critical thinking skills.  Teachers also assess, grade and evaluate students.  This helps a teacher build a curriculum that will fit the needs of their particular students in any given classroom.  Teachers may do this using various teaching methods.

Elementary school teachers play a key role in the development of children early on while middle or high school teachers go more in depth in the subjects presented earlier.  While an elementary teacher will typically stay in a room of students all day and teach various subjects, middle or high school teachers have a specialty. 

Training requirements may vary from state to state.  This can also depend on the type of school.  Whether it is a private school, college, charter school or public school makes a difference in what the requirements for training of the teacher are. A common thread in public schools is that teachers be licensed. 

In 2006 there were 4 million jobs in education (excluding special education) from Kindergarten to high school.  It is fore-casted that between 2006 and 2016 there will be a 12 percent increase for jobs in education. 

In May of 2006 it was reported that the average pay of teachers was between $43,000 and $48,000 per year.  In the lowest 10% of jobs the wages were as low as $28,000 to $33,000 per year.  According to AFT (the American Federation of Teachers) beginning teachers with a bachelor’s degree earned about $31,000 per year in the 2005-2006 school year. 

To add to their salary teachers can do a number of things.  Further certifications can often yield more pay, coaching sports, working in after school and extra curricular activities, or getting a master’s degree.  A teacher can also be paid more by becoming a mentor.