Just the other day my school held a “title one” training. We had a guest speaker who was from some North Western state and use to teach.
He spoke to us about the new Marzano evaluation standards and did some activities with us that we could do with our class….supposedly.
No offense to the school district, but why is it we bring in guest speakers and “education experts” from other states, who clearly have a different demographic than our school, and expect their strategies and experiences to work on our students?
This guy was adamant that no more than 20% of the students in a class can be the ones unengaged and be the behavior issues…Please sir, if you had come sit in my 8th period class last year…I would say your percentage was extremely incorrect.
It just seems silly to pay butt-loads of money out of our school’s title one fund to have a speaker come in and tell us things that we can’t really take away with us at the end of the day.
Don’t get me wrong, the information he gave us about the new evaluation scale (which I will save for another post) was helpful. I like knowing just what I will be evaluated on. However, don’t try to relate to our school if you have not experiences it first hand.
Yes, the way I connect and deal with my students would vary if I taught on “the other side of the tracks” as the speaker so nicely put it at the training. But let’s be real. I don’t teach at a school that has amazing parent involvement and student engagement. I teach at a turn around, title one school where a majority of my students come from low-income families who, at the end of the day, don’t care about their education.
I would love to have a guest speaker who understood the school I was working at and the students I was teaching and could give me some real-life examples of strategies and activities that made gains as well as built that student/teacher relationship.
Because at the end of the day, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink. I can attempt to add more rigor to my curriculum, but if the kids can’t even grasp the basics, how do you expect them to do anything on or above grade level?
The entire training this guy was attempting to tell us how to become a 90 percentile teacher… well, hate to break it to you sir, but unless you have students who can actually perform on grade level and fart candy, I just don’t think any teachers at a rough school could live up to that percentile.
Thank you though, for 7 hours of training and making me feel worse about myself as an educator, it was super cute how you tried to relate your experiences and “expertise” to what we are going through at my school. Hope you made some good money adding to the list of reasons why I dislike the education system.