Teacher evaluation based on student grades
Basing a teacher’s evaluation on student progress sounds reasonable on its face. If a student is listening, participating, doing homework, it is reasonable to expect students will progress. We ask open-ended questions to encourage critical thinking. We have walls rich with content. We create an environment where all children can learn. Why are many of them not learning?
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Many students come to school with other things on their minds: abuse, drugs, homeless, hungry, bullying, etc. Many students are concerned about their social status. The one most important item for students is the almighty cell phone. They need it in case there is an emergency. When there is an emergency, what can they do?
Birds and the Bees
Today’s youth are bombarded with sex and a great number of them are interested in, you guessed it, sex! Most of the music is about sex, not love, sex! Today, many movies will throw a sex scene in, even though it doesn’t fit in with other storylines. Girlfriends and boyfriends are called “baby mama” and “baby daddy.” Every year, I hold my breath and pray that the pregnancy count will be low. Kids walk around wrapped up in each other’s arms, come to class late because they are kissing outside the room, and text each other during class. Girls come to school so scantily clad that they have to carry their cell phones in their hands. There is nowhere they can store them. They bring no backpack, pencil, paper, or learning materials.
Don’t want to do it
Teachers are required to have 100% of students engaged in activities. Often when I ask a student to sing, he/she says, “No!” What am I suppose to do? The class is elective even though students do not choose the class. The class is mandatory because students need it to graduate. Choir should be fun and easy. Many students just do not want to do it.
I invite suggestions. Teachers, what works for you? Parents, how do I motivate these kids.