Class Struggle: teacher teams

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Clever way to reward teachers as teams

The unconventional proposal is to reward small teams of teachers, such as everyone teaching second grade in an elementary school, or everyone teaching Algebra I in a high school. This discards the idea of merit pay for individuals, the current fashion, and merit pay for the whole school, a favorite of mine whose flaws Marshall quickly sees.

By Jay Mathews  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Kim Marshall, individual teacher merit pay is a loser, just good evaluations, no cash, no standardized tests, try rewarding teacher teams

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 11/20/2009

Why not junk teacher evaluations in favor of more preparation time?

Education consultant Ted Haynie made this provocative suggestion: "If we completely suspended the formal evaluation process for two years, the overall quality of classroom instruction would be greatly increased because the time could be spent actually discussing effective classroom practice in a collegial and more informal manner than what exists today."

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 11/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Trends | Tags:  Elena Silva, Furman Brown, Generation Schools, Jonathan Spear, Ted Haynie, Willis Hawley, teacher evaluation, teacher instructional time, teacher planning time, teacher preparation, teacher teams