It’s “inflammatory Friday”! …a time-honored tradition since… a few minutes ago when I made it up. Here, “Timbered Classrooms” opens up a discussion and begins to explore the potentially controversial subject of the growing role of Marzano methods of teacher evaluation and influence in the classroom. What are they, exactly? Where does Marzano fit in with the teaching profession? What about cost to taxpayers? Please be assured, that this is not an exercise in offending Marzano disciples, but questioning; challenging, discussing…. …is always a good idea. Marzano: love him, ..or not so much. Maybe you’ve never heard of him and are curious! We want to hear from you.
We’ll start with a piece by Justin Baeder of Education Week. Read his post in its entirety by clicking the link below this excerpt:
“…obedience is the dark side of this evaluation framework. When superintendents and principals become convinced that they can “cause” higher levels of learning by mandating Marzano’s favorite practices, they stop paying attention to the professional growth of teachers, and start policing. They stop looking for good teaching, and start looking for specific strategies.
Even in districts using Marzano’s system, let’s not do this to our profession.”