Gymnastics and teacher incentives

For this week’s cover story, Zach Tijerina talked to gymnasts and the manager at TEGA about how gymnastics is gaining popularity in the Frenship Community.

My experience in gymnastics lasted exactly one day. It was so long ago I don’t remember all the details, but I know my abbreviated career was due partly to the fact that I had absolutely no physical coordination as a child.

What physical coordination I have now is more out of a desire not to go to the hospital because of a nasty fall than out of any acquired grace.

I respect any athlete who can do what gymnasts do. Like any pursuit, it requires dedication and confidence, but it is also dangerous. If a gymnast lands wrong, he or she could be out of commission for a while. I would imagine because of that, it also takes bravery just to start the routine.

In Schools, we report on the Terra Vista Middle School staff as it gets ready to take part in the Teacher Advancement Program.

Teachers are trained in teaching methods through the program, and successful teachers have the opportunity to earn higher salaries.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t think teachers get near enough credit, but I also can’t imagine what would be adequate compensation for everything these people do. They aren’t just talking heads at the front of a classroom reciting information for students to absorb; they are leaders. They mold young minds and keep students motivated to learn.

According to the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, teachers have historically advanced by becoming administrators.

One of the goals of TAP is to give teachers a chance to advance while staying in the classroom by becoming master or mentor teachers for their schools.

While administrators are vital in any school, the program gives teachers another option for advancement.

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