Sunday, July 07, 2013

Danielson Framework For Teaching

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Being retired, I had zero interest in learning anything about the Danielson Framework.  To me, it is just another BS system probably put together by and edu-idiot who has absolutely no idea what goes on in a classroom.  But, when it took up a full page in last month's UFT paper, I gave it a look.

From what I can see, this framework is no different than anything good teachers have been doing for years.  Only now, it has a fancy name and someone has gotten a lot of notoriety and money.

For this post, I will focus on Domain 1.

Domain 1: Planning and Preparation

1a Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy

1b Demonstrating Knowledge of Students

1c Setting Instructional Outcomes

1d Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources

1e Desingning Coherent Instruction

1f  Designing Student Assessments

If teachers are expected to excel at all of the above, their supervisors should be masters at this stuff as well.  After all, they are in place to make sure students are getting the best education possible.  Supervisors with little to know experience and expertise in the area they are in charge of cannot do any of the above.

2 comments:

NYC Educator said...

I believe Walcott has decreed that domains 1 and 4 will constitute 25% of the score, and 2 and 3, what actually happens in the classroom, will be 75%. I have no idea whether or not UFT has blessed this decree, though I've asked.

As for supervisors, you're right of course, but we will all have to deal with what or who is on the ground. And the idea here is to keep as many teachers off the ground as possible.

It's going to be a long year.

Geo Karo said...

What a snake oil peddler she is, foisting her Frameworks onto schools all over, New York City, New Jersey ...

And just where did she teach? and for how long? --Questions delved into in "Huff Post on Danielson's secretiveness, profiteering, alleged expertise."

So lucky you are, being retired.