Monday, June 29, 2009
Some school systems help struggling teachers with "peer review"
Some Montgomery County, Maryland public schools are experimenting with a “Peer Assistance and Review” program for struggling or less effective teachers, even with the blessing of teachers’ unions. Montgomery County has experienced some dismissals, more than some northern Virginia school districts. Peer review is designed to help teachers, particularly in lower or middle school grades, with classroom management or discipline problems, and with motivating and engaging all students. The story is by Daniel De Vise, appeared on the Front Page of the June 29 Washington Post, and is titled “Throwing a lifeline to struggling teachers: Montgomery program embraces peer review” here.”
The article does not discuss subs (or long term subs) but substitutes, especially short term subs, often have classroom discipline issues. The Arlington VA school district would instruct subs to greet students as they come into the classroom, as a way of establishing contact and control, even though this sounds a bit gratuitous for all circumstances (and often there is no time for this).