"After our evaluations, we are all assigned an area to grow in. I was shocked because mine was classroom management. I don't have those issues. Seriously, I'm not perfect but I just don't have that issue. I asked around and sure enough, lots of other teachers were given the same area to grow in. Then, we were given a list of things we could do to help us grow in that area. One was to make-up a self-assessment in the form of a written survey or questionnaire to be distributed at the end of each class period - nobody has time for that!"
"The other option was to watch an 1 1/2 hour long movie from a professional development training series the district subscribes to. I was given the movie called Positive Discipline. Here's the best part... The video I had to watch is from the 1980s of a fake grandma doll in a rocking chair. Students can sit in her lap if they feel like they need attention. Seriously, this is what I need to do? Go sit on fake grandma's lap for some special time... Tell her all your problems... Lemme know what she says."
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"So, I asked my Title I lady for some $ for a fake grandma. She laughed. I told her this is what I was told to do to grow in my area of non-deficiency."
"These videos are a waste. I think teachers just turn them on and let them play to get their credit because the content is much of the same."
(This was posted anonymously to protect the job of this teacher in Shelby County)
The program is called PD360, a privately owned company from the School Improvement Network in association with Pearson and Schoolnet.
Tennessee parents realize that our tax dollars are being wasted and that our children's teachers are being disrespected, micromanaged, and bullied with this TVAAS evaluation system. Please, make it stop.