So, I went to visit one of my former student teachers today who is teaching third grade in Baltimore City. She was one of the best I had in my cohort last year. She is a very nice person, a creative person, and was successful in all of her experiences last year. I would also say that she was better prepared for this experience than any other alternatively certified member that I could imagine. And admirably enough, she actually listened to me when I said, “The city needs great teachers, you’re great, do the world a favor!”
Keep in mind that teacher education’s current obsession is handling the new common core and new assessments. And let me say for the record that this focus of our preparation is completely misguided and way off base. No amount of common core preparation and discussion could possibly help her in this situation. I feel terrible.
I already see a teacher, a new teacher, who has tried every GD thing we’ve suggested, and she is struggling. She has done all that has been required of her. Jumped through all of our hoops. And she is struggling.
I find it blindingly offensive that anyone would sit here and punish her with standardized assessments when she has so many challenges by no fault of her own. Unbelievable. I want to both scream and stand at her door every damn day to protect her and her students from this nonsense.
Anyone else with me?