Friday, November 9, 2012
How to Ruin Teaching
Teaching is an art, not a science. The same can be said of leadership. While there may be elements of teaching and leadership that can be measured, most of the finer points, the points that truly are the mark of great teaching and leadership cannot be measured. A great teacher has to be nurturing, engaging, empathetic, and energetic. Do these qualities show up on student test scores? Students come to our classrooms with the baggage of their homes and families, their past classes, and their moods. Do these issues make an appearance on test scores? Can and do teachers overcome these influences? Can school leadership recognize great teaching outside of test scores?
This article made me yell out in a most positive way. Deborah Kenny says it so eloquently. Want to ruin teaching? Give Ratings.