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How are unannounced observations not part of a “Gotcha” system?

June 1, 2013 pm30 7:10 pm

The teacher chooses.

1 formal, 3 drive-bys, one unannounced (these are minimums)


6 drive-bys, one unannounced (these are minimums).

Sounds like “gotcha” to me.

We’ll see the details when they are posted.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2013 pm30 7:56 pm 7:56 pm

    What is a “drive-by”? Not a full class period?

  2. June 1, 2013 pm30 8:04 pm 8:04 pm

    In my experience drive-bys have lasted as little as two minutes to no more than ten. Some principal’s write-up reviews of what they observed during their drive-by and place it in the teacher’s file. In my opinion, it’s unusual that an observer can give meaningful feedback after such a limited view.

    • June 1, 2013 pm30 8:05 pm 8:05 pm

      Delete my stray apostrophe in principals…

    • June 1, 2013 pm30 8:08 pm 8:08 pm

      Thanks. So, basically it’s an observation that might in principle be able to detect gross negligence but offers no plausible benefit to instructors. Wonderful.

      • June 1, 2013 pm30 9:20 pm 9:20 pm

        Precisely. So for the folks who are conducting their practice in a sincere manner, it’s demoralizing. It also easily lends itself–as you can imagine–to the collection of “ammunition” by principals who have a personal dislike of a particular teacher(s) for whatever reason.

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