Corey Bower has written a good post on the issue of schools with high teacher turnover. He comments that there isn’t a whole lot of research out there documenting its impact on student learning, but suggests that in this case — and in other educational policy discussions — we start using the “smell test”:
Would you want your kids to attend a school with such a teaching force? Why or why not?
That sounds like good advice, especially for researchers who have the heads up in the clouds.
It reminds me of a similar “smell test” suggested by Marvin Marshall. He recommended that teachers evaluate themselves by asking this question:
If I were a student, would I want me as a teacher?
If yes, list the reasons.
If no, list the reasons.
Any other ideas for school-related “smell tests”?