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ERIC Number: EJ1003717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Let's Cancel the Dog-and-Pony Show
Marshall, Kim
Phi Delta Kappan, v94 n3 p19-23 Nov 2012
Why are so many educators willing to give credence to observations based on announced visits? Perhaps it's avoidance or a failure to distinguish between good teachers and good teaching, or perhaps it's the way the conventional teacher-evaluation model limits administrators' options. To put it bluntly, an evaluation process that relies on announced visits is inaccurate, dishonest, and ineffective. A growing number of principals around the country are experimenting with an alternative to the dog-and-pony show--an approach intended to win teachers' trust, make better use of time, enhance instructional leadership and collegiality, and usher in improvements in teaching and learning. It has three layers: changing the structure, the human element, and management details.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A