Category Archives: Teacher Evaluation

Call for articles – points of view…

!cid_3174513477_958480    To all my dedicated readers,

I thought about letting this blog go since I retired and then I decided to include retired teachers to the mix. New to retired teachers all have something to say and want to know what is happening nationwide in public and private education.There is much to be said about our educational system and much might be changed for the good if more people shared their great ideas, views, and great or maybe not so great experiences. Someone somewhere will be listening. So this is a shout out to all of my teaching and retired teaching extended family for experience and/or research backed posts to add to this blog. To this date my blog has had 7,878 hits and 344 followers and I haven’t posted an entry in two years. It’s time to get back on track.  If you’d like to be considered for site publication, you may choose to include your real name or use a pseudonym. There is interest in what you all have to say and bottom line is – children need our help inside and outside the classroom! Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  You can message me with any questions you might have. Hoping to hear from you soon!

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Obama Administration Sends Mixed Messages on Teachers and Testing – – Education Week Teacher

From Education Week Teacher Update

Obama Administration Sends Mixed Messages on Teachers and Testing – – Education Week Teacher.

What are your thoughts?

What about the child?

In 1918, a special commission of the National Education Association presented a set of goals on the “purposes of school”.  The list included:

  • providing the child with a sense of ethics
  • teaching the child responsibility for his/her own health
  • teaching the child sensitivity toward the responsibilities of citizenship
  • mastery of the three “R’s”
  • teaching the child to use leisure time well
  • encouraging worthy human relationships with family and friends
  • teaching the child to make a living

We have come to teach a new generation of students and the goals these days seem to focus on teacher quality and offering great schools for students to learn in. While the Common Core Standards stress highest student achievement for all I have to wonder – wouldn’t the goals presented in 1918 be practical for our students today and if so – why are we not paying more attention to them?

Thoughts anyone?

Why teachers leave

Teachers enter teaching full of enthusiasm – knowing they have an opportunity to affect the lives of many over their time in the classroom.

Time and circumstance often wreak havoc on these idealistic goals.  The teacher in the following YouTube video (Ellie Rubenstein) eloquently expresses what teachers across the nation are feeling these days.  Her passion for teaching can’t be denied.  Ellie’s video has gone viral – she is enthusiastically supported by hundreds of thousands across the nation.

Readers, what are your thoughts on the state of public education today?  Do you share or not share Ellie’s views?  Why or why not?

How to keep talented teachers from leaving

A must read for anyone interested in preserving the integrity and vitality of the teaching profession.

How to keep talented teachers from leaving.

Time Management/Organizational Styles

Polychronic/Monochronic Organizers

 Are you familiar with polychronic and monochronic organizational styles or high context/low context communication? These styles are culturally based and learning about them may serve to help us better relate to those we live and work with.  The following is a link to one of the most concise articles I’ve found on this…

As for the polychronic organizer the book “A Perfect Mess” may shed some light on why many people (actually 2/3’s of us) organize the way we do.  If you take time to look into this, I encourage you reflect on those students and colleagues who may drive you crazy with their seeming lack of order which is anything but.

On how culture affects communication…

Comparative Time Orientation Chart…


Monochronic (Linear) Time Orientation Polychronic (Circular)Time Orientation
Views time as an entity to be saved, spent, or lost Views time as fluid, flexible 
Completes one task before starting another Works on multiple tasks before finishing any one
Focuses on the task to be completed within a certain time frame Focuses on and nurtures the relationships represented by the tasks
Separates work from family and social life Views work, family and social life as one
Seeks to maintain rigid appointment schedule Reacts as the day’s events evolve 



Low/High Context Chart…


Low Context Culture High Context Culture
Believes in explicit (literal) communication Utilizes figurative and approximate language
Follows the letter of the law Believes laws can be shaped by circumstances
Keeps job tasks separate from relationships Sees task as a function of the relationship
Uses direct style in writing and speaking Prefers indirect style in writing and speaking
Values individual initiative and decision making Expects decision making within the relationship
Relies on verbal communication Relies on nonverbal communication
Becomes uncomfortable with silence Respects and utilizes silence
Presents facts, statistics and other details Subordinates use of detailed information



Mechanistic/Humanistic View of Employee Chart…

Mechanistic Employee Humanistic Employee
Works for employer in exchange for wage sand benefits Thinks of self as group member with personal ties
Changes jobs if better opportunity arises Remains on the job out of loyalty to “family”
Can be dismissed if not performing job satisfactorily Keeps job even if performance is unsatisfactory
Views self as a commodity Views self as part of a “family

CrossTalk: Communicating in a Multicultural Workplace, Sherron B. Kenton and Deborah Valentine, Prentice-Hall, 1997.

As educators, we are much like the cogs of a wheel creating forward motion.  Diverse organizational styles and communication are needed to meet the diverse needs of our students.  Having like organizational styles and communication is akin to all cogs spinning in the same direction going nowhere.

The dichotomy of the educational system is it touts monochronic values while imposing copious polychronic tasks.  This in itself can cause confusion which produces stress, which in turn detracts from effective teaching and learning much like the wearing down of each cog that is not benefiting from the thrust of its opposite.  Having a better understanding of the above styles can help us all in our interactions with each other.

We all have so much to share…

Capitol Connection Newsletter – July 30, 2012 – ASCD Public Policy

Interested in what’s happening in Washington?  Read on…

Capitol Connection Newsletter – July 30, 2012 – ASCD Public Policy.

Thoughts anyone?

The Role of Mistakes in the Classroom | Edutopia

To ensure student success, here’s something to keep in mind throughout the school year

The Role of Mistakes in the Classroom | Edutopia.

ASCD Express 7.15 – Before Evaluating Teachers, How About Supporting Them?

Thank you James Boutin!  Your words will be appreciated by many!

ASCD Express 7.15 – Before Evaluating Teachers, How About Supporting Them?.