What an absolute bozo. First of all, if the ONLY things he noticed were the
noise level then he's not in tune with the latest in brain research
indicating that when the brain is engaged in TALKING it has the most 'parts'
active...the 'best' learning involves talking. Sheesh...I could see
mentioning too much noise and following it up with specific examples, etc.
of kids goofing off, etc. but if they were just excited & engaged in the
learning then it's absolutely educationally sound!
And a STICKER CHART?!?!?!? Is he for real!??!?!?! Whatever happened to
following rules because you HAVE to follow the rules? How about developing
internal limits & self-monitoring strategies, etc. Why make everything
depend on an external (and IMHO) meaningless sticker chart? Set up a
sticker chart as your main behavior/class management technique & you find
yourself ultimately screwed when (not IF) you come across the kid that
doesn't give a rat's butt about your stupid stickers...and then what? My
LORD...does this man have a CLUE about current/modern day education????
Give them a candy...SCOFF!!!!! What a clown.
Vent away...and dispute it for sure.
----- Original Message -----
From: Aaron and Jennifer <THEGREEN99@prodigy.net>
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2001 4:09 PM
Subject: observation vent
> Well, after two days of cooling off (and wiping away tears), I think have
> finally got a grip. Sigh. I have concluded that my principal doesn't know
> how to observe an art room. On my observation report he noted that the
> level was too high (hah! it was a quiet day!) and as a result my classroom
> management skills are poor. Well, I think you can figure out where I would
> like to stick that report!
> The report itself isn't too bad, but the post-discussion was terrible. He
> told me basically that I was too idealisitic (isn't that gets teachers
> passionate? ideals?) and that I needed to change my viewpoints, adapt my
> classroom management. He wants me to have sticker charts to monitor each
> class's behavior. Then when a class earns so many sticker he wants me to
> give them candy - just like his old art teacher did from a different
> district, in a different state! I just have problems with this on so many
> levels. Besides the fact it goes against my philosophy of education and
> established curriculum, I just have a problem with being compared to
> teacher. If I were to compare students in front of him, I would get a
> lashing, but somehow it is okay for him.
> Why don't some principals actually fill the shoes of the job instead of
> adding toilet paper to make the shoes fit? Argh! Heaven forbid, he might
> have to actually work at his job.
> Well, thanks for the vent. I am going to file a rebuttal with my report.
> the next meeting I have with him, I am going to have my mentor sit in. I
> have the right for another person to be in the room with me. Might as well
> do it just in case he crosses the line. Personally, I think he is just
> ignorant. But you never know what ignorant people can do...
> Jennifer in Michigan