This is the post that has convinced me to finally start blogging properly. As someone who reads widely in the field of education, both online and off, I make my classroom a laboratory (with high standards of care and concern for the welfare and achievement of my guinea pigs, of course!) and once I fully get my head around how to put some visually adorned posts, I would love to share some of these experiments as they are tried.
I’m celebrating writing my 100th post, by trying to link together various posts relating to teaching. I suggest in my post ‘How do I know how good my teachers are?’ that there are three key sources that contribute to my judgement of the effectiveness of my teaching staff:
- Data – the measured outcomes from assessments and examinations
- Observation – those artificial snapshots of teaching that are over-loaded with significance in the OfSTED process.
- Knowledge – the drip-feed of micro-feedback gleaned organically from multiple sources: Essentially this is what I mean by Reputation.
So, whilst ideally we shouldn’t worry too much what other people think of us, in the context of being judged as a professional teacher, having a strongly positive reputation is a great asset. It may be the most accurate indicator of the impact we’re having on our students and, actually, our reputational standing is the area over…
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