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Teacher evaluation based on student grades

Updated on July 15, 2012

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.

Suggestions please

I invite suggestions. Teachers, what works for you? Parents, how do I motivate these kids.


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      6 years ago

      Not yet, but I'm on my way there :)

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      We have those discussions. It takes at least 10 years to know if you've gotten through. Have you read my article about White Heroine to Black Girls?

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      Starmom, we have a project every year that includes: a graduation matrix (classes they need to take to graduate) and then what they plan to do. Several will have well thought logic. When someone aspires to be a drug dealer, I ask how many successful 40 year old drug dealers they know.

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      6 years ago

      Kids who see a bright future are generally less inclined to take on behaviors that will ruin their futures... the catch is, kids are normally present-oriented, and can't see beyond the present unless it's consistently pointed out to them. When they're present-oriented, they don't really look at the consequences of their actions.

      Maybe you could get your students' attention with something like "where do you see yourself & your life in ten or twenty years?" and then let them know they can get there.


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