Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:00 AM
UrbScotty (22,476 posts)
Why the DC Impact system Bloomberg wants NYC schools to emulate caused me to leave teaching
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Students who had me in 2009 would hardly have recognized the teacher I was last year. The new teacher-me was a warped version of my former teacher-self; I still brought the rigor and expectations I had previously brought, but there was no Happy Birthday singing hamster, no Freaky Friday Free-write, and no partnerships with the American Ballet Theater. And it wasnít that I stopped caring about these things, I just found myself so consumed with trying to survive within the new system that they fell by the wayside. I had to choose my priorities, and even though supporters of accountability systems based on test scores will try to convince you that this doesnít have to be the case, I had little time or energy to think about anything other than test data and how to get my studentsí scores higher.
Michigan needs a Schauer!
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