And should be taken by students who are ready to handle that kind
of work load, responsibility, etc.
What exactly do you mean by "more support"?
On 9/26/13, Mom to Three wrote:
> I realize that you probably were thrown a sharp curve by the
> actions of this teacher who expected a smaller, highly talented
> class and probably a lot less effort than his/her peers in
> planning, grading etc.. However, what you do not do is
> knowingly sacrifice or limit the futures of bright, talented
> high school students who you realize from experience may take a
> few weeks to get used to the higher level of studying etc. for
> an AP class if this is their first or second one.
> The problems is really the administration's in that it did not
> clearly define the number of students which could be in an AP
> class due to staffing patterns AND/OR did not higher enough
> teachers to cover the classes. You need to bring your
> principal into this discussion right now first with yourself
> and then with the teacher because he/she has not listened to
> you... I would certainly make it clear to the teacher if he/she
> persisted that it would show up in your reviews AND that your
> recommendation would be that the teacher not be assigned AP
> classes in the future. How about the most basic content area
> class as the teacher knows well the accompanying behavior
> issues that would be attached.
> On 9/25/13, HS Admin wrote:
>> I am a secondary director for my content area, and am the
>> primary evaluator for all of the teachers in my department.
>> I have one teacher in my department who is essentially
>> trying to force students out of his AP class because he
>> feels his numbers are too high. All of these students were
>> recommended for that level, and many of them aren't doing
>> particularly well right now.
>> I voiced this concern to him a couple of weeks ago, when I
>> told him that he needed to provide more support to his
>> students. I sent him some materials to use, gave some
>> suggestions as to how to approach planning, etc., and he
>> has hardly taken any of the advice so far. I am obviously
>> following-up by observing and documenting evidence, but
>> that hasn't made a huge effect so far.
>> As it stands right now, I have had parents calling and
>> complaining about this teacher, and students coming to
>> speak to me about dropping the class. Our policy is that
>> you can't drop a class without a parent conference, so that
>> has been what I have been scheduling.
>> How do I handle the conference when the parents come in? I
>> clearly disagree with the teacher's approach (this is my
>> first year in the position), but I obviously don't think it
>> would be appropriate for me to say that in front of
>> students or parents. Up to this point, I have asked
>> students about their own study habits or how they are
>> advocating for themselves in class, but I don't know if I
>> am even handling that the right way. If students drop down
>> to a lower level, they will not be in an AP-track for other
>> courses, and I have been discouraging them from dropping.
>> How do you handle parent meetings/complaints when you know
>> they are justified?
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