Answer Key: Paying All Teachers Six Figures

Lesson Plan: Back in the Spotlight: Higher Salaries for All Teachers

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. debate  |dəˈbāt| noun – a formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.
  2. lag |laɡ| verb (lags, lagging, lagged) 1 fall behind in movement, progress, or development; not keep pace with another or others: they stopped to wait for one of the children who was lagging behind.
  3. jabs  |jab| (jabs, jabbing, jabbed) noun – • informal a hypodermic injection, especially a vaccination: an anti-tetanus jab.
  4. reveal |rəˈvēl| verbmake (previously unknown or secret information) known to others: Brenda was forced to reveal Robbie’s whereabouts | [with clause] : he revealed that he and his children had received death threats.
  5. Significant  |siɡˈnifikənt| adjective 1 sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy: a significant increase in sales.
  6. propose |prəˈpōz| verb 1 put forward (an idea or plan) for consideration or discussion by others: he proposed a new nine-point peace plan | [with infinitive] : we propose to be away for six months
  7. boost |bo͞ost| verb [with object] help or encourage (something) to increase or improve: a range of measures to boost tourism.
  8. entry-level |ˈentrēˌlevəl| adjective – at the lowest level in an employment hierarchy: he was hired as an entry-level research assistant.
  9. twofold |ˈto͞oˌfōld| adjective – twice as great or as numerous: a twofold increase in the risk.
  10. burnout |ˈbərnˌout| noun physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress: high levels of professionalism that may result in burnout | you’ll suffer a burnout.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary   

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I – 1- educators

Attracting highly qualified educators will also be required.

II – 3- teachers

Many teachers get nice gifts.

III – 1- teachers

Here in America, although they’re not paid like it, teachers are in high demand.

Reading Comprehension

After I left that role because of pay that didn’t make up for the burnout I felt and went to teach in Indonesia, I got those nice gifts, too. But more crucially, I got better working conditions and objective confirmation that my time and expertise were valuable: It came in the form of money. The school paid me like the well-educated professional that I was.”