Hillsborough teacher continues to speak out about new evaluations
Shortly before the Thanksgiving break, social studies teacher Joseph Thomas came off suspension and returned happily to the classroom at Newsome High School.
You might recall that Thomas rejected his peer evaluator under Empowering Effective Teachers because the peer's experience was primarily in elementary school. That move got Thomas in hot water with the school district, which has positioned itself at the forefront of the national education reform movement with this Gates-funded program. In a compromise, the district assigned Thomas a different peer with a middle school background, although the first peer was allowed some early involvement.
But Thomas did not go away quietly. Not entirely. He'd like to see more of an open dialogue among teachers about how to up their game without feeling demoralized in the process. He has strong opinions about the teachers union too. It's all in his blog.
Thomas means for Fundamental Fairness to be a place where teachers can vent, although so far his colleagues are reading more than venting.