No News is Good News
Posted by aphillieteacher on October 16, 2010
I can’t lose my job. Not with this economy, not with my mortgage. Not from any perspective.
But I have no idea what my administrators think of my job performance. Any feedback our teachers get is negative so we begin wondering if there’s any good stuff here at all.
I recently got feedback from our Vice Principal after she came through my classroom a few weeks ago. I got feedback in the form of a checklist. Every category indicated “meets standards” except for one: “Student work displayed” Here she scribbled “No evidence.” Nothing else. Nothing about the lesson, if the kids were engaged. Just “No evidence.”
No evidence??? she was standing with her back to a gigantic board covered with colorful student art depicting Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God” plus some essays my seniors had written.
Now I am in constant pursuit of the woman to change what she wrote. I managed to get her to come back to the classroom to look at my bulletin board, but what guarantee do I have that she will change what’s written in my file?
Does anyone notice the things that I do that are good?
The “No News is Good News” formula doesn’t work well for me.