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Umleed said: I'll ask you the same question that every other teacher refuses to answer. Since teachers insist on being lumped together, paid the same and refuse to allow themselves to be judged based on their merits, how are we to determine who the quality teachers are? You say Collier County should work to retain quality teachers but how are we supposed to do that when the teachers themselves won't allow it?"
I would have NO PROBLEM with that. But...you are assuming that Collier will develop a FAIR AND MEASUREABLE means of assessing it's teachers. Listen, we had something like that called CTAS (not for pay, but to determine how a teacher is progressing year to year). I had marks off the charts. WHY? Yes, I am a blasted good teacher, but secondly....my principal loved me. Now, my colleague was an awesome teacher but questioned things a few times. Nothing horrible...just needed confirmation on things sometimes. Oh, to question a principal is a huge no no here. Soooooo, her CTAS was much lower.
If you can come up with a FAIR measurement then I bet EVERY excellent teacher in CCPS would love it. But let's face it. The powers that be would lower your score (subjective) just to save money.
I am quite thankful I am not teaching anymore. I miss the kids dearly, but the rest???????????? Ugh.
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