My lessons are officially adequate

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Registered: 12-28-2007
My lessons are officially adequate
Wed, 03-03-2010 - 7:58pm

BACKGROUND: I teach social studies. My team has 1/4th to 1/3rd resource or AIS students. I have no honors students. Don't get me wrong- I love the kids I teach and the work I do. My school is under registration review (SURR under NCLB) because our special education population cannot make AYP in ELA. So our principal was removed and a new principal came in. He is the puppet king, since he can make no decision without Central Office approval. We are also being required to a specific teaching model. The 80-85% of my students pass the social studies exam, including 85-90% of the students with IEPs. I have been teaching since 1987, but not in the same district.
THREE WEEKS ago, I had my formal observation with the new principal. The unit objective and lesson objective were on the board. The agenda was one the board. The students were using inductive reasoning to hypothesize the effects of WWII on ordinary Americans by using the actual newspapers, letters, photos, medals, telegrams, songs and poems. Yes, actual, my mother and father's possessions. They were working in groups in a modified stations setting to launch the WWII unit.
The students are still referring to the objects as examples of what they are learning 3 weeks later (one week was vacation and two days were snow days.)
According to my principal, I needed more open-ended higher order questions. He thinks I need to use the Socratic method, but that my lesson was adequate.

My co-teacher spit out her coffee on his desk when he said that.

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Registered: 08-23-1997
Wed, 03-03-2010 - 8:46pm
I think the people on this board are all having a bad year or else all of our administrators s*ck! I can't believe these administrators. Do they teach them in their administrator classes that they have to find something to criticize in every single freakin' lesson. Haven't they heard of being positive? In one of my most recent observations, I was criticized for turning my back on the class for literally 10 seconds to put my password into the computer to bring up the screen on our white board. Since when do you have to have your eyes on the class at every second? Don't teachers write on the board with their backs to the class all the time?
Your lesson sounded great to me. If it's not going to make or break your career, just let the criticism roll off your back and know that you did a good job and the issue is theirs not yours.
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Thu, 03-04-2010 - 4:04pm

I agree with Guili. Your lesson sounds great! You can also listen and then ignore. His comments are suggestions, and I'd bet he will never remember what he