Stop Adding Value and Save the Teaching Profession

Stop Adding Value and Save the Teaching Profession

My Level 1 rating is insulting and infuriating, and I’m not alone in feeling that way. I know other teachers who have expressed to me their exasperation with their low ratings--to the point of wanting to leave the profession. Clearly, something needs to be done. TDOE’s issues with TNReady is part of the problem, and I hope that they will remedy those soon. The other part of this problem is how teacher’s evaluation scores are determined. It’s beyond time for this state to stop using the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS).

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Substandard Standards Training

Substandard Standards Training

For those of you who think that teachers have two months off in the summer to relax and forget about school and then magically flip the switch when school begins, then think again. An extraordinary amount of thinking and planning goes into every lesson--especially for the first five days of school. These opening days are crucial. It’s where the foundation is laid for the remainder of the school year. Students find out answers to important questions like:

“How much homework will I get?”

“Will this class be easy or hard?”

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