Because our supervisory district administration aren't really teachers, and our curriculum coordinator used to teach elementary school and some MS social studies, everything must have a rubric or it isn't proper. As well, everything we used to do was BAD and must be changed.When a teacher is not allowed to use the word "proficient" because it's not a "growth word", something is wrong. Very, very wrong. When teaching becomes overly scripted and managed, something is wrong.
We're being asked, "Do we use a rubric? Since your answer should be 'yes', which one of these four is the one you're all going to use?"
The fact that we spent nearly an hour discussing whether to use the word "proficient", "competent", or "skilled", and whether the top level would be modified with "highly", "advanced", or "with distinction" should give you a good idea of how divorced this all was from real students and real teaching. We never did finish that conversation, but we did begin to spend time arguing over whether the four levels should be considered five if there was a checkbox labelled "Not Enough Data to Measure" in addition to Highly 'word', 'word', Nearly 'word', Beginning 'word'.
The funny part is the explicit statement is that we will use the same rubric throughout the building, that every teacher, in every course, for every student, for every transferable skill (the non-content skills), will use the same rubric to determine proficiency. If any measurement does not use the rubric, it isn't measured properly and cannot be defended as fair and consistent across the board...
Trying to impose a common rubric for AP Calculus and 7th-grade civics is foolish and counter-productive.
Trying to impose consistency even within our department is foolish and counter-productive. He's a math major; I'm an engineer; of course we look at things differently.
He uses the calculators more than I do; I ask for more mental math than he does. "Who's better?" misses the point that, over the course of four years, students get both.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
I'm all for having a consistent set of content standards to which all teachers of a course teach. I not all for having every class of every course on the same page every day, or requiring everyone to grade exactly the same way: