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Why Teachers Teach and Why They Leave
Why teachers teach and why they leave

We know that from the moment students enter a school, the most important factor in their success is not the color of their skin or the income of their parents—it is the teacher standing at the front of the classroom.

—President Barack Obama (2010)

The teacher is the primary customer of the MBWA principals. Management by Wandering Around allows the principal to see and understand firsthand what makes a teacher tick—what guides a teacher's decisions in the classroom. “Wandering” then provides the principal with insights for making decisions in support of the work that the teacher does. In this chapter, we provide our thoughts on the importance of the MBWA principal understanding why ...

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