In my brief stops recently, I have seen some good lessons. However, the following scenarios really concerned me:
1. Some review sheets were titled "Chapter Test Review." Please stop giving chapter or unit exams. It is the major reason why your students do not perform on the final exam.
Mr. AP came into my room today as I was giving one of these tests. He looked at it, said it was good and walked out. The teacher he is referring to gave out a review sheet on the unit but her test was spiraled. I know, I saw it.
Two and four are quite contradictory:
2. Please show them [students] at least one example befre you ask your students to try [it]. (Sounds like Chalk and Talk to
4. Showing or telling students how to solve a math problem does not help them in their effort to learn.
If I was new, or one of the older teachers under attack, I would not know what to do. How he can contradict himself in one memo is unbelievable.
Number 3 deals with his micro management issues.
3. Please take attendance in the beginning of the period instead of a few minutes into the period. If you do that, you will probably have many students walking in late.
A teacher should be able to decide the best time to take attendance. I admit that I am a bad attendance taker. But, my students know how I feel about their lateness. Marking it down at any one minute does nothing to change their actions. Teachers need to be the decision makers in their classrooms.
He also mentioned that grade leaders should begin working on the final and that we should communicate with the teachers teaching the same course. Unfortunately, in a school the size of mine, I never see others teaching the same course. It would be nice if we could have some common planning time in our C-6 periods. But, this will never happen.
I don't know why all these things bother me. He leaves me alone. He never comes to the trailer and when he does, he stays a few minutes and leaves. I hate his double standards. I hate his making the lives of some of my colleagues a living hell. I hate the fact that he is really a miserable teacher who has no business telling others how to teach. I hate his trying to control every detail of our lives and I hate the fact that there are some people that will never be able to do anything that pleases him.
As far as grades are concerned he wants to:
See our test grades before we make up grades. Some say we should just let him make up the grades himself.
If he didn't like the grades, he would want to see our tests. Some say he should make up the tests himself.
If he made up the tests himself, he would claim we did not teach the material. Some say he should supply all our lessons.
If he supplied all our lessons, he would claim that we did not teach the material correctly. We cannot win.