My school is going to have its quality review next week. Since we did so good last year, it was decided that we would be first, to set the bench mark for other nearby schools.
Suit is nervous. Although we did well, there are areas that we did not do well enough in. He called a staff meeting today (even though contractually we don't have to meet in September.) He handed out sheets with lists of what we did well in and where we need to do improvement. He ignored the question of a staff member who questioned that more was not being done for school security. He spent a lot of time discussing that parents seem not to know what is expected of their children in school. He blamed this on parents not knowing what the term "expectations" meant. I am willing to bet that the parents that completed the survey spoke and English and knew the meaning of the word. Blaming the parents was just a way of pushing the blame off the school. Now, all teachers are expected to use the word expectation in the classroom all the time. We also are expected to put more into differentiated learning and to gear our lessons to individual needs. With 40 kids per class, I really can't see this happening. He talked about grading and the problems of two sections of the same subject where one teacher has 80% passing while another might only have 25% passing. A few years ago I had three sections of the same subject. I did the same thing in all three classes and my passing percentages were 25%, 60% and 85%. The kids, although randomly programmed were very different.
I don't have to worry about the reviewers not liking me. Suit will never let them near me, which is fine by me. Besides, I'm sure he would never let them near the trailers. The conditions out there are terrible. He would not want to show them off. He also fears my mouth, which is a good thing for me.
On the plus side of everything, my trailer bathroom has been cleaned. There is soap in the dispenser and toilet paper in the holder. I bet my blog mate NYC Ed would be jealous if he saw (his never has any of those things). Maybe the reviewers will venture out if they need to use the facilities.