New evaluations for teachers
He listed several examples of mediocre teaching, such as a teacher reading emails while the students work on a task, a teacher lecturing with students not paying attention and teachers calling only on students who already know the answer.
In an instant survey of about 100 of the educators in the room, conducted with electronic clickers Marshall handed out, more than half of those responding indicated that some of those practices happen at the local schools in Sullivan County. He said it’s the job of administrators to deal with that kind of behavior, and the way to do that is not with the traditional method of teacher evaluations but with the new method.
The new method involves administrators making surprise visits into classrooms. He told a story of a teacher who prepared a lesson for an evaluation day. The principal cancelled the visit, and the lesson was withdrawn. Another principal came to the evaluation later, and the teacher brought out the lesson. The principal was critical of the lesson and the teacher said, “But the last three principals loved this lesson.”
Another part of the evaluation is that student performance must be figured in, which means more tests for students at the beginning of the year to determine their level of knowledge about the subjects being taught.
Marshall said, “The goal of New York State is to get good teaching in every classroom every day, every year.”
Click here to see Marshall’s rubric.