Overall I have been impressed with what I've seen. We have some strong teachers in Dallas. I've watched public and private. I've watched new teachers and veteran teachers. I've watched math, social studies, theology, a few presentations on school culture, and even a training on how to use Microsoft Excel. I have an idea of what the state of Texas thinks makes a good teacher.
If it was up to me, I would have labeled this lesson a swing and a miss. I just didn't think it was very good. I liked the idea. I liked elements of the lesson.
The students? They really enjoyed it.
What looked like boredom and disengagement to me was apparently contemplative thought. Who knew!?
Did the teacher communicate the intent and content of the lesson? Yes. I suppose that is what is important. Could there have been different techniques used to enhance the lesson? Absolutely. This was a reality check for me. This was a reminder to not let teacher evaluations make me more judgmental of teachers. My role is not to assume. It is to observe and record. I was bored so I put that on the students instead of opening my eyes to what was happening. I'd venture to say that this is not an uncommon occurrence in evaluations.
Practice makes perfect.
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