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November 2012 | Volume 70 | Number 3
Teacher Evaluation: What's Fair? What's Effective?
Classroom observations can foster teacher learning—if observation systems include crucial components and observers know what to look for.
Jennifer Lopez looks up quickly as Ms. Anderson, the principal, steps into her 5th grade classroom. She glances around nervously. What might this look like to Ms. Anderson?
At the beginning of the lesson—an introduction to the topics of buoyancy and density—the students pushed their desks together to make tables. On each table is a dishpan full of water. (Jennifer always hopes for the best on days like this; she's notorious with members of the custodial staff for various "adventures" in her classroom. But today all is well.) The students each have a lump of clay, and they've weighed their lumps on a pan balance to satisfy themselves that they all have roughly the same amount, or mass, of clay.
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Copyright © 2012 by Charlotte Danielson
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