25 July 2010

Teacher Effectiveness: A lesson to learn

Yesterday’s edition of New York Times carried a very important news item.  The news item reflects what the State Government Departments of School Education in the US expect from teachers. 

Although there are dedicated Principals who expect high standards of discipline from teachers, their voices are sometimes not heard by School Governing Boards.  If any teacher deliberately makes mistakes that can have an impact on learning, he or she needs to be counseled, advised and so on. If this doesn't work, there is no reason as to why disciplinary action cannot be taken against the teacher.  School inspections can be carried out without giving advance intimation to schools. 

Quality in School Systems can only be enhanced and sustained if effective monitoring and evaluation of classroom processes are carried out.    

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I am a retired K-12 Education Management Professional. I have worked at different levels in K-12 school systems, textbook publishing, elearning and Education NGOs. I have held memberships in The Association for Science Education (UK), American Association of Physics Teachers and The Malaysian Institute of Physics. I hold a 1st class B Sc Degree in Physics followed by B Ed [English and Physical Science] and M A [Childcare and Education] degrees. My published works include 59 articles in teacher development magazines in India and the US and a book entitled `Creative Classrooms and Child Friendly Schools' (listed in Amazon). This book is almost an anecdotal account of my professional experience in six countries (including Cambodia where I worked as Technical Adviser to the Ministry of Education, Youth And Sports). I served as mentor in the Certificate of Teaching Mastery Program offered by Teachers Without Borders.