Effective Educator Training - After Test #2
Wisconsin has adopted the Charlotte Danielson Framework for evaluating teachers. It is being piloted in 12-13 and 13-14, to be implemented state-wide in 2014-15. As part of my work at the University, I was able to undergo the training these last couple of months. I just passed the 2-part exam, which took me over 7 hours total. All training and the examination are done online.
OK, let's do a Keep-Start-Stop.
Level 4 in the Danielson represents a transformation in the classroom, if done in spirit and letter. Students have voice, students own learning, and students create a community. If schools - teachers and principals - partner, looking at the classroom developmentally along the continuum of student community voice, great things will result. For kids.
The numbers. Within a domain, on the many videotapes of classroom teaching, the observer sees critical attributes (Danielson terms) in multiple levels during the same observation. So, a teacher is not a number, but a practitioner developing critical attributes on a continuum toward a transformed classroom. Frankly, I worry the number will impede the developmental potential of the Framework.
Implement the Danielson model as a developmental continuum, transforming:
- the teacher-student relationship.
- student-learning relationship.
- the approach to content.
- classroom as community of learners.
Oh, by the way, I passed.
And, this blog has been deemed a high 2.