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A “Bad Teacher" Confesses . I give a lot of credit to New York City special education teacher William Johnson for his candid article in The New York Times, Confessions of a "Bad Teacher". . Perhaps if we start the conversation there, things will start making a bit more sense. 1. He. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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A Bad Teacher" Confesses

A Bad Teacher" Confesses

I give a lot of credit to New York City special education teacher William Johnson for his candid article in The New York Times, Confessions of a "Bad Teacher". Perhaps if we start the conversation there, things will start making a bit more sense.

1PronounLineHe4who10her15her31she43their53HeI give a lot of credit to New York City special education teacher William Johnson for his candid article in The New York Times, Confessions of a "Bad Teacher". In it Johnson writes about the challenges of large classes, fewer support staff and more students with severe disabilities. He writes:

HeI give a lot of credit to New York City special education teacher William Johnson for his candid article in The New York Times, Confessions of a "Bad Teacher". In it Johnson writes about the challenges of large classes, fewer support staff and more students with severe disabilities. He writes:

1PronounLineHe4William Johnsonwho10her15her31she43their531PronounLineHe4William Johnsonwho10her15her31she43their53whoI had a conversation this weekend that relates to the question of good and bad teachers. A friend who is often in classrooms told me about a teacher he considers one of the most effective and dynamic hes ever seen. But when he first encountered this young teacher three years ago, he thought she was terrible and the students in her class were being shortchanged.

whoI had a conversation this weekend that relates to the question of good and bad teachers. A friend who is often in classrooms told me about a teacher he considers one of the most effective and dynamic hes ever seen. But when he first encountered this young teacher three years ago, he thought she was terrible and the students in her class were being shortchanged.

1PronounLineHe4William Johnsonwho10A friend of William Johnson

her15her31she43their531PronounLineHe4William Johnsonwho10A friend of William Johnson

her15her31she43their53herBut it was the teachers first year, and she had no idea how to manage her classroom and spent most of her time trying to maintain order. Now, she has control of her class and has had time to perfect her teaching practices and according to my friend she's wonderful.

herBut it was the teachers first year, and she had no idea how to manage her classroom and spent most of her time trying to maintain order. Now, she has control of her class and has had time to perfect her teaching practices and according to my friend she's wonderful.

1PronounLineHe4William Johnsonwho10A friend of William Johnson

her15The teacher/ A friend of William Johnson

her31she43their531PronounLineHe4William Johnsonwho10A friend of William Johnson

her15The teacher/ A friend of William Johnson

her31she43their53herWhen the assistant principal walked in, one of these students, a freshman girl began cursing. When the assistant principal ignored her, she started cursing at me. Then she began lobbing pencils across the room. Was this because I was a bad teacher? I dont know.

herWhen the assistant principal walked in, one of these students, a freshman girl began cursing. When the assistant principal ignored her, she started cursing at me. Then she began lobbing pencils across the room. Was this because I was a bad teacher? I dont know.

1PronounLineHe4William Johnsonwho10A friend of William Johnson

her15The teacher/ A friend of William Johnson

her31a freshman girl she43their531PronounLineHe4William Johnsonwho10A friend of William Johnson

her15The teacher/ A friend of William Johnson

her31a freshman girl she43their53sheEarlier last year, this same assistant principal had observed me and instructed me to prioritize improving my assertive voice in the classroom. But about a month later, my principal observed me and told me to focus entirely on lesson planning, since she had no concerns about my classroom management. A few weeks earlier, she had written on my behalf for a citywide award for classroom excellence. Was I really a bad teacher?sheEarlier last year, this same assistant principal had observed me and instructed me to prioritize improving my assertive voice in the classroom. But about a month later, my principal observed me and told me to focus entirely on lesson planning, since she had no concerns about my classroom management. A few weeks earlier, she had written on my behalf for a citywide award for classroom excellence. Was I really a bad teacher?1PronounLineHe4William Johnsonwho10A friend of William Johnson

her15The teacher/ A friend of William Johnson

her31a freshman girl she43William Johnsons principaltheir531PronounLineHe4William Johnsonwho10A friend of William Johnson

her15The teacher/ A friend of William Johnson

her31a freshman girl she43William Johnsons principaltheir53theirHow, then, should we measure students and teachers? In ninth grade, my students learn about the scientific method. They learn that in order to collect good data, scientists control for specific variables and test their impact on otherwise identical environments. If you give some students green fields, glossy textbooks and lots of attention, you cant measure them against another group of students who lack all of these things. Its bad science.

theirHow, then, should we measure students and teachers? In ninth grade, my students learn about the scientific method. They learn that in order to collect good data, scientists control for specific variables and test their impact on otherwise identical environments. If you give some students green fields, glossy textbooks and lots of attention, you cant measure them against another group of students who lack all of these things. Its bad science.

1PronounLineHe4William Johnsonwho10A friend of William Johnson

her15The teacher/ A friend of William Johnson

her31a freshman girl she43William Johnsons principaltheir53variables2Which word in lines 1-4 means honest? ___________________

honest = adjectiveI give a lot of credit to New York City special education teacher William Johnson for his candid article in The New York Times, Confessions of a "Bad Teacher". In it Johnson writes about the challenges of large classes, fewer support staff and more students with severe disabilities. He writes:

AdjectivesAn Adjective is a word that describes a noun or pronoun.

28AdjectivesThere are two typical place where adjectives appear:Before the noun.After the verb be or other linking verbs.

29AdjectivesBefore the noun.Look at the tall basketball player.

30Adjectives..the tall basketball player. 31Adjectives..the tall basketball player. 32Adjectives..the tall basketball player. 33AdjectivesAfter certain verbs.Brian is very tall.

34honest = adjectiveI give a lot of credit to New York City special education teacher William Johnson for his candid article in The New York Times, Confessions of a "Bad Teacher". In it Johnson writes about the challenges of large classes, fewer support staff and more students with severe disabilities. He writes:

honest = adjectiveI give a lot of credit to New York City special education teacher William Johnson for his candid article in The New York Times, Confessions of a "Bad Teacher". In it Johnson writes about the challenges of large classes, fewer support staff and more students with severe disabilities. He writes:

2Which word in lines 1-4 means honest?

candid3From lines 5-8 we can infer that an A rating is ______.

very goodvery badhumiliatingunsatisfactory

3From lines 5-8 we can infer that an A rating is ______.

very goodvery badhumiliatingunsatisfactory

InferenceNick forced himself to wake up and get dressed. He looked out of the grubby window of their bedroom and couldn't believe his eyes. The rain had stopped at last.

InferenceNick forced himself to wake up and get dressed. He looked out of the grubby window of their bedroom and couldn't believe his eyes. The rain had stopped at last.

How had the weather been the previous day?Had Nick gone to bed early or late the night before?Was Nick married?Was Nick's apartment clean or dirty?How old was Nick?3From lines 5-8 we can infer that an A rating is ______.

very goodvery badhumiliatingunsatisfactory

5-8On top of all that, Im a bad teacher. Thats not my opinion; it is how Im labeled by the citys Education Department. Last June, my principal rated my teaching unsatisfactory, That same year, my school received an A rating. I was a bad teacher at a good school. It was pretty humiliating.

5-8On top of all that, Im a bad teacher. Thats not my opinion; it is how Im labeled by the citys Education Department. Last June, my principal rated my teaching unsatisfactory, That same year, my school received an A rating. I was a bad teacher at a good school. It was pretty humiliating.

5-8On top of all that, Im a bad teacher. Thats not my opinion; it is how Im labeled by the citys Education Department. Last June, my principal rated my teaching unsatisfactory, That same year, my school received an A rating. I was a bad teacher at a good school. It was pretty humiliating.

3From lines 5-8 we can infer that an A rating is ______.

very goodvery badhumiliatingunsatisfactory

4According to lines 9-17 what helped the woman to become a wonderful teacher?

her friendsbeing shortchangedexperienceWe are not told.4According to lines 9-17 what helped the woman to become a wonderful teacher?

her friendsbeing shortchangedexperienceWe are not told.9-17I had a conversation this weekend that relates to the question of good and bad teachers. A friend who is often in classrooms told me about a teacher he considers one of the most effective and dynamic hes ever seen. But when he first encountered this young teacher three years ago, he thought she was terrible and the students in her class were being shortchanged.But it was the teachers first year, and she had no idea how to manage her classroom and spent most of her time trying to maintain order. Now, she has control of her class and has had time to perfect her teaching practices and according to my friend she's wonderful.

9-17I had a conversation this weekend that relates to the question of good and bad teachers. A friend who is often in classrooms told me about a teacher he considers one of the most effective and dynamic hes ever seen. But when he first encountered this young teacher three years ago, he thought she was terrible and the students in her class were being shortchanged.But it was the teachers first year, and she had no idea how to manage her classroom and spent most of her time trying to maintain order. Now, she has control of her class and has had time to perfect her teaching practices and according to my friend she's wonderful.

9-17I had a conversation this weekend that relates to the question of good and bad teachers. A friend who is often in classrooms told me about a teacher he considers one of the most effective and dynamic hes ever seen. But when he first encountered this young teacher three years ago, he thought she was terrible and the students in her class were being shortchanged.But it was the teachers first year, and she had no idea how to manage her classroom and spent most of her time trying to maintain order. Now, she has control of her class and has had time to perfect her teaching practices and according to my friend she's wonderful.

4According to lines 9-17 what helped the woman to become a wonderful teacher?

her friendsbeing shortchangedexperienceWe are not told.5In lines 18-23 European teachers are contrasted with those in the US. Which two advantages do European teachers have?

5In lines 18-23 European teachers are contrasted with those in the US. Which two advantages do European teachers have?

18-23One of the other participants in this conversation was a woman who trained as a teacher in Europe. There, she spent a year observing and working under a master teacher. And then she taught in a classroom paired with a master teacher. She talked about how vital it was to have that time to watch and learn. I know that more schools have adopted team teaching, but I still wonder if new teachers have enough supports in place and enough time to observe.

18-23One of the other participants in this conversation was a woman who trained as a teacher in Europe. There, she spent a year observing and working under a master teacher. And then she taught in a classroom paired with a master teacher. She talked about how vital it was to have that time to watch and learn. I know that more schools have adopted team teaching, but I still wonder if new teachers have enough supports in place and enough time to observe.

5In lines 18-23 European teachers are contrasted with those in the US. Which two advantages do European teachers have?

They spend a year observing and working under a master teacher.

They teach in a classroom paired with a master teacher.6Complete this table of Cause and Effect in the context of lines 25-45:

CausedA girl began to curse the assistant principal.CausedCausedThe girl began to curse the teacher and threw pencils.CausedThe teachers lesson was rated unsatisfactory.25-45Last May, my then assistant principal observed me teaching in our schools self-contained classroom. A self-contained room is a separate classroom for students with extremely severe learning disabilities. In that room, I taught a writing class for students aged from 14 to 17. Their reading levels ranged from third through seventh grades.

When the assistant principal walked in, one of these students, a freshman girl began cursing. When the assistant principal ignored her, she started cursing at me. Then she began lobbing pencils across the room. Was this because I was a bad teacher? I dont know.

I know that after she began throwing things, I sent her to the deans office. I know that a few days later, I received notice that my lesson had been rated unsatisfactory because, among other things, I had sent this student to the dean instead of following our schools guided discipline procedure. I was confused. Earlier last year, this same assistant principal had observed me and instructed me to prioritize improving my assertive voice in the classroom. But about a month later, my principal observed me and told me to focus entirely on lesson planning, since she had no concerns about my classroom management. A few weeks earlier, she had written on my behalf for a citywide award for classroom excellence. Was I really a bad teacher?

25-45Last May, my then assistant principal observed me teaching in our schools self-contained classroom. A self-contained room is a separate classroom for students with extremely severe learning disabilities. In that room, I taught a writing class for students aged from 14 to 17. Their reading levels ranged from third through seventh grades.

When the assistant principal walked in, one of these students, a freshman girl began cursing. When the assistant principal ignored her, she started cursing at me. Then she began lobbing pencils across the room. Was this because I was a bad teacher? I dont know.

I know that after she began throwing things, I sent her to the deans office. I know that a few days later, I received notice that my lesson had been rated unsatisfactory because, among other things, I had sent this student to the dean instead of following our schools guided discipline procedure. I was confused. Earlier last year, this same assistant principal had observed me and instructed me to prioritize improving my assertive voice in the classroom. But about a month later, my principal observed me and told me to focus entirely on lesson planning, since she had no concerns about my classroom management. A few weeks earlier, she had written on my behalf for a citywide award for classroom excellence. Was I really a bad teacher?

25-45When the assistant principal walked in, one of these students, a freshman girl began cursing. When the assistant principal ignored her, she started cursing at me. Then she began lobbing pencils across the room. Was this because I was a bad teacher? I dont know.

I know that after she began throwing things, I sent her to the deans office. I know that a few days later, I received notice that my lesson had been rated unsatisfactory because, among other things, I had sent this student to the dean instead of following our schools guided discipline procedure. I was confused. 25-45When the assistant principal walked in, one of these students, a freshman girl began cursing. When the assistant principal ignored her, she started cursing at me. Then she began lobbing pencils across the room. Was this because I was a bad teacher? I dont know.

I know that after she began throwing things, I sent her to the deans office. I know that a few days later, I received notice that my lesson had been rated unsatisfactory because, among other things, I had sent this student to the dean instead of following our schools guided discipline procedure. I was confused. 6the assistant principal walked in

CausedA girl began to curse the assistant principal.Causedthe assistant principal ignored herCausedThe girl began to curse the teacher and threw pencils.CausedI sent her to the deans officeThe teachers lesson was rated unsatisfactory.The assistant principal walked in.

CausedA girl began to curse the assistant principal.CausedThe assistant principal ignored her.CausedThe girl began to curse the teacher and threw pencils.CausedThe teacher sent her to the deans officeThe teachers lesson was rated unsatisfactory.7In lines 48-50 we learn about another teacher who couldnt ____________. (one word)

48-50I collaborated with another teacher who sought psychiatric care for insomnia after a particularly intense round of observations. I myself transferred to a new school after being rated unsatisfactory.

48-50I collaborated with another teacher who sought psychiatric care for insomnia after a particularly intense round of observations. I myself transferred to a new school after being rated unsatisfactory.

insomnia

7In lines 48-50 we learn about another teacher who couldnt sleep. (one word)

8The passage ends with ___.

a suggestiona questiona condemnationa defense

Until we provide equal educational resources to all students and teachers, no matter where they come from, we cant say with any scientific accuracy how well or poorly theyre performing. Perhaps if we start the conversation there, things will start making a bit more sense.

8The passage ends with ___.

a suggestiona questiona condemnationa defense