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…

High Trust versus Low Trust Accountability

Experiment: Explaining the different experiences possible under a single, umbrella term. As I began writing the series on distortion (check them out starting here), I received a lot of response from teachers. Interestingly, it was not just about the Hattie research, but often how Hattie’s research was embedded into forms of accountability. Although I’m not directly researching the effects…

A personal story

Experiment: Tell the story behind the story. So, long story short, my son has a school to go to now. In Nottingham, the system for schools allows parents to choose which school their child goes to. It is not a completely free market but generally, schools that are popular and in good, child-friendly neighborhoods fill up.…

Differentiation – my version

Experiment: Defending my version of something I don’t really like. This post is largely my opinion and some personal history. If you are interested in other research and expert commentary, check out: Differentiation Doesn’t Work  or Differentiated Instruction Reexamined  This is a spillover from Planning differentiation in the classroom where you can read my criticism of differentiation. This…

Planning differentiation for the classroom

Experiment: Critique something assumed to be amazing. I’ve always been a bit resistant to the trend toward planning differentiation. I attributed my own skepticism to the fact that the push for planning differentiation came from administrators, especially those peddling the Charlotte Danielson teacher evaluation (or some offshoot), which I hate with every fiber of my…

Distortion – Chapter 6

Experiment: Explain an example of when the “worst case scenario” actually happens — the repercussions of distortion. The most important chapter of this — the effect of distortion on teachers. Check out the less important, introductory chapters 1,2,3, 4 and 5. This entire series of posts could be perceived as overly critical of John Hattie. But, the source of…