Notes From The Education Underground: The TeachWonk Diaries
Around California's Howard Taft Junior High School, we are referring to this school term as "The Year of the Nester."
Several times each week, either the principal or one of his two
Well, the nesters drop in on almost everyone. There is this little group of 5-7 teachers that the Principal likes to have over at his house for those little "Invitation Only" staff parties, (that we aren't supposed to know about but everybody does) and it is said that they don't seem to get very many visits at all...
The principal and his two helpers all have Palm Pilots.
What they do is record the date and time of their little visit, as well as notes on the teacher's classroom management skills, which content standard the lesson is addressing, and whether or not the kids are "engaged."
No, we don't get any feedback about these
Of course, all of this is in addition to the regular evaluative process.
And no, the principal's supervisor, Superintendent Dr. Evil, never visits any of the 11 small elementary/middle schools in our district in order to observe his administrators.
Naturally, Dr. Evil would never consider using a Palm Pilot around the members of his own
So I guess most of us teachers around Howard Taft Junior High School are going to have to get used to having the "Nesters" continually interrupt our classroom teaching in order to make sure that we are doing our jobs.
But we don't have to like it.
When I first began serving the parents and children of our community, ours was the premier school district for which to work in California's "Imperial" Valley.
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