Sunday, January 24, 2016

Trust

Over the past six years, I've been very blessed to have administration that has shown indefinite trust in my teaching. I've been supported when trying many new teaching methods.

I'm in the midst of creating a digital piece to assist my building with tracking Higher Order Thinking questions within lessons. Each teacher, twice a month, will reflect on a lesson that was taught and type an "x" in cells that represent the level of questions within that lesson. It will automatically sum the totals and calculate the percentages (thank you Google Sheets!). So, it's very user-friendly.

Despite the ease of use, one complaint keeps arising that "others will be able to click on my tab and see what I marked." This statements bothers me. We want and expect administration to trust us as teachers. We desire all parents and the public to trust our decisions as educators. But we can't trust our colleague next door? We can't trust that colleagues won't "snoop" and look at our data? Or even if someone does look at another teacher's tab, why are we so mistrusting and hesitant to share that data? The data being recorded is for ONE lesson out of a two-week period. The purpose of the data piece is reflection on our own practices, anyways. It's not a competition to see who can have the highest level of questioning within lessons.

If we are not willing to trust teachers with that kind of information (and I realize it takes a mind-shift) , then how can we expect others to trust us?

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