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In Honor of Teachers NY Times

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To get our best and brightest to teach, we need to stop maligning the profession and start showing it some respect.

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On the Shoulders of Giants: New State ELA Exam Tests Students' Speed in Reading, Writing and Thinking

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Any classroom teacher could have looked at Day 2 of the NY State ELA Exam that was administered last week on Wednesday and known that it was too much for students to complete in the alotted 90 minutes.

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One Giant Leap for Teacher Development : Education Next

1. being rookie is not an excuse for bad teaching.
2. Staff observation is not a silver bulet,
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School Improvement - Beyond Teacher Observation


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AERA: Instructional Leadership Is About Quality Time, Not Quantity

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Amid the more than 14,500 researchers and educators at the American Educational Research Association conference, a more nuanced view of school leadership is coming into focus.
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Mountains of paperwork: States Address Problems With Teacher Evaluations

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New York Times

Jenny Anderson

February 19, 2012

 

Officials in states like Tennessee who are testing new teacher evaluation systems required by the Obama administration are struggling with problems philosophical and logistical.

 

Spurred by the requirements of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top competition, Tennessee is one of more than a dozen states overhauling their evaluation systems to increase the number of classroom observations and to put more emphasis on standardized test scores. But even as New York State finally came to an agreement last week with its teachers’ unions on how to design its new system, places like Tennessee that are already carrying out similar plans are struggling with philosophical and logistical problems.

 

Staying Late and Working Weekends...

to complete reviews with more than 100 reference points.In Nashville, teachers are redesigning lessons to meet the myriad criteria — regardless of whether they think that is the best way to teach.And at Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tenn., physical education teachers are scrambling to incorporate math and writing into activities, since 50 percent of their evaluations will be based on standardized tests, not basketball victories.

 

Observations: 6 for new teachers, 4 for tenured teachers + pre-conference + post-conference + 4-6 hours to input data

the legislature required that half of a teacher’s evaluation be based on annual observations and half on student achievement data. The following year, the state board of education added specifics: each year, principals or evaluators would observe new teachers six times, and tenured ones four times.

 

Principals Inundated With Paper Work

“It’s one thing to be observing — I love that, it’s my primary role,” said Troy Kilzer, the 44-year-old principal of Chester County High School. “But you know when a good lesson is being taught without looking at a rubric.”Mr. Kilzer said the new system had led to more precise discussions with teachers about their skills and better lesson planning. But he can hardly keep up with the work.For principals, it is not just the observations, but also the pre-conference (where teachers explain and show the lesson), the post-conference (where observers explain what teachers might have done better) and four to six hours inputting data. “We are spending a lot of time evaluating people we know are very good teachers,” Mr. Kilzer said.My Take I worked in this type of system, which was tied to merit pay. Sound familiar? It was an unmitigated disaster, which never improved teaching. This system is designed to tie administrators in knots and, supposedly, make it easier to fire teachers. These so-called evaluation systems have nothing to do with building teacher capacity and improving instruction. These evaluation systems are about making it easier to fire principals and teachers.

 

 

 

 


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Angela K. Adams's curator insight, October 24, 2015 1:16 PM

Government issues - I chose this resource because it addresses two issues that many schools are struggling with in regards to teacher evaluations:  increased emphasis on standardized tests and increased teacher observations.  Although I feel more observations are important, I don't believe that standardized exams are a true indication of the success of a school.  I hope to share this with other supervisors as a resource for them to know what requirements are coming next in terms of evaluations.

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Newark school shows the world: Opinion - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)

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The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)
Newark school shows the world: Opinion
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)
By Paul Bambrick-Santoyo.
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"that leaves low-income students at a gross disadvantage, general sentiment is that we simply can’t expect our students to overcome the statistics stacked against them." -- Just not true.

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How peer-observation helped me find my inner teacher - Blog - IRIS Connect

How peer-observation helped me find my inner teacher - Blog - IRIS Connect | Online Book Study -- additional resources | Scoop.it
Peer support and observation is a good thing when the only objective is helping to improve how we teach. (Finding your inner teacher - how did you find yours?
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Videos of Top Teachers Explaining Their Craft | NY Times

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By Motoko Rich

 

"As much as showing the content of the classes, the videos help teachers identify techniques for organizing a lesson or eliciting sophisticated questions from students...."

 

"The District of Columbia is not the only public school district or educational organization that is using video for the professional development of teachers. Teaching Channel, a nonprofit, has amassed more than 500 videos of teachers who are recommended by school districts, teaching organizations and a panel of advisers."

 

"Uncommon Schools, which runs 32 schools, mostly in Brooklyn and Newark, show videos like these during teacher training.

A YouTube video shows Juliana Worrell, a first-grade teacher, with her students at North Star Academy Vailsburg Elementary School."

 

A small, but high quality, selection of teacher videos, with links to sources for more. -JL

 

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Teacher evaluations: Is there really enough time for reliable classroom observations?

Building a better teacher evaluation system won’t help anyone if it depends on time and resources that aren’t realistic.

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No, but there are several reasons why. Two that stand are: time to get to know the teacher and what they teach like. Second, do we know what is really innovative? What works for some does not work for others in learning

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Walk Through Observations Using Google Forms (with auto email feedback)

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Using Google Forms for teacher observations is not something that I thought of.  Many schools are currently using Forms as a way to easily and quickly record data from teacher observations.  The ad...

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Administrative Support - I chose this resource because it is a great way for administration to do a quick walk through observation with their teachers, understanding that they don't have to be there the entire hour to get a feel of the teacher's strengths and weaknesses.  I am hoping to share this article with other administration to encourage them to use these forms to more observations.

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Want to Build a Better Teacher Evaluation? Ask a Teacher

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Current efforts to improve the evaluation process will prove futile without input from the classroom teachers, write Ross Wiener and Kasia Lundy.
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Teacher Observations Aren't the Only Way to Improve a School

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Many states are mandating teachers observations as the most effective way to lead to school improvement, but according to Dufour and Mattos, there are better ways.

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Teacher Observation: High-Tech or Low-Tech?

Principals should mix high- and low-tech means to evaluate teachers during classroom visits, Kim Marshall writes.

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