Words We Need

Experiment: Attempting to coin some new words. I have two new favorite adjectives: Stuplex – made intentionally complex so that it becomes stupid – stupidly complex Simpid – simplified to the point of being stupid or insipid   Stuplex writing has too many clauses, citations embedded within sentences, or a mash up of too many buzzwords. I’ve always…

Causality or Casualty?

Experiment: Write a blog post instead of a message on Facebook that no one will ever read. I follow the World Economic Forum on Facebook. They frequently post about education but only rarely do I agree with their analyses. Sometimes, I post angry responses, but that feels a bit like spitting into the wind. But…

Teacher evaluation continued

Experiment: Continue to write and try really hard not to cry. I wrote previously about some of the flaws of teacher evaluation. But it just didn’t seem right to leave the topic without mentioning some of the other research out there. Teacher evaluations based on observation are advertised a a system to keep teachers accountable and as…

Teacher Evaluation

Experiment: Write and don’t cry I’ll be totally honest; One of the reasons I left teaching was teacher evaluation based on observation. Or, at least, the personal effects of systems like teacher evaluation. Woods and Jeffrey (2002) conducted a significant study of the ways that teachers engaged in “identity work” in response to observation based…