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  • Reading with Giggles and Games

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    By: Glenn Cherepovich

    Reading with Giggles and Games $64.95

    By: Glenn Cherepovich

  • Finding the Gift in Feedback – An Educator’s Guide to Preserving Your Sanity

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    By: Glenn Cherepovich

    Finding the Gift in Feedback – An Educator’s Guide to Preserving Your Sanity $7.95

    By: Glenn Cherepovich

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The Teacher Becomes the Student— by LaDawna Cherepovich My first year of teaching was both exhilarating and stressful. I was eager to teach my kindergarten students new skills, and to inspire them with the wonder of learning. I was also anxious about the formal evaluations. I wanted my lessons to be educational as well as exciting. I received positive feedback on the first two lessons the principal evaluated. The third evaluation, a language arts lesson, didn’t go as well. The principal said the lesson “could have been better,” and shared a list of activities she thought I could have used to improve it. For my fourth evaluation the principal asked to see another language arts lesson. I worked hard to incorporate most of her suggestions from the previous evaluation, and I thought the class went well. I was sorely mistaken! Among other things, my principal wrote that my lesson “lacked depth.” I questioned her about this because I had incorporated many of her ideas from the third evaluation. She then told me that there was “no educational value to the lesson.” I remember going home and stewing over everything she said. How dare she say there was no educational value to my teaching! That’s not true. And what about her inadequacies as a principal. Ranting about her failings just made me angrier, and more determined that I was right, and she was wrong. Most of all, I was afraid. I was afraid that her negative evaluation might cost me my job. The district policy was that if a teacher disagrees with the evaluator’s finding, the disagreement must be submitted in writing. So that is exactly what I did. I cited the specific objectives that I covered from the state curriculum. I pointed out that the principal left before I finished the lesson. In addition, I detailed the principal’s suggestions from the previous evaluation that I had incorporated into my lesson. I then took my statement back to the principal to be included with her evaluation. Later, I talked to a more seasoned teacher about my experience.

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