Common Core, Danielson, “Short Frequent Observations” – where did the principals get this stuff?
We’ve had two days of meetings (and classroom set up, if you are lucky) in New York City, and as we compare notes, there’s a lot of new things principals are pushing that sounds similar from one school to the next.
- get teachers to align curriculum (lucky, I guess, if they have one) with the common core
- push (some, I think) teachers into inquiry teams, and look at how to get student work to match the common core
- get (some, I think) teachers to align one major English task with the common core (read or analyze informational text and write opinions and arguments in response)
- get (some, I think) teachers to align one major Math task with the common core (model with math and/or construct the reasoning behind arguments to create a viable solution, whatever that means)
- quote Danielson as they tell teachers what they expect in their lessons
- Observe a lot, briefly. (Engage in short, frequent cycles of classroom observation). In many schools this has been translated into “8 per year” or “10 per year” or “rating in January and again in June”
Any of this sound familiar? It should. It all comes from the NYC Department of Education’s “Citywide Instructional Expectations for 2011 – 2012.” But don’t believe me – download the DoE’s pdf, and read it yourself. It’s been there since June. And it’s what your principals were quoting (or misquoting) at you.
(can you imagine your rating if you lectured your students the way your administration has just lectured you…)