Re: Blame the Teacher Mentality
Posted by BD on 10/17/2019, 10:52 am, in reply to "Blame the Teacher Mentality"
There are a lot of careerist administrators. People who are only interested in raising test scores to make themselves look better in their career. They do this by getting in their teachers business to try and maximize the test results. It can be effective for a short time, but it eventually will turn counterproductive because the administrator doesn't understand the root cause of the poor test scores. |
Keep in mind, that I do think standardized tests have a place in education. They shouldn't be the dominant force in education (which is unfortunately what they have become).
Administrators should understand that their job is to control the culture of the school. To do everything they can to create a culture of learning, not a culture of testing. To do everything they can to support their faculty in creating a healthy LEARNING environment in their classroom. That while they are the boss, they are also in service of their teachers creating the environment.
They should have cohesive vision of how to create this culture and be able to sell it to the faculty and students.
I am lucky enough that we have brought in some wonderful administrators the last two years, in a place where our test scores have been struggling. The new administration got rid of the extra stuff designed to increase test scores (pullouts, after school) and instead talked about the overall morale of the school and this culture of learning. They have empowered teachers to try new and different things. Our new Assistant Principal said to a small group of teachers once, "Stop asking us permission and just ask us forgiveness later." In all of our training, I think we had only one session in which we discussed test scores. Everything else was culture related. While it is not perfect, it has been overall a positive thing. The vibe of the school is so much more positive.
Do any of you work in district where it feels they are just blaming the teachers for everything?
I'm so tired of coming to work with the sense that we are the problem when you try to do the right thing. You prepare for your classes, you do extra beyond the day, you show up to duty. You do all the nonsense paperwork they require and yet it's never enough.
I feel completely unsupported from every level of administration.