[Update: check out the comprehensive resource.]
Over the weekend I wrote up a mini-thesis on my assessment methods, which, though standard operating procedure at my last school, are pretty foreign here. I gave it a deliberately confrontational title, “How Math Must Assess.” SOP here is to use whatever tests the manufacturer supplies and give them whenever the manufacturer arbitrarily decided to divide the textbook. I worry that this arbitrary approach to testing stirs up a lot of hatred for math. The implication I try to avoid, since it’s so cocky coming from a third-year teacher’s keyboard, is that I know how to do it better.
Regardless, Monday morning I sent copies of the six-page manifesto to my dept. head and my principal. Before the first period, the dept. head gave some positive feedback.
Tuesday, though, the principal e-mailed me, mentioned that my philosophy matched up with his, and asked me to take 20 minutes of the next staff meeting to present it. I always swore I’d never ever speak in front of teachers, having been on the receiving end of that arrangement too often but this engagement circles around my favorite part about being a teacher and is way too tough to resist. Just gotta keep it entertaining somehow.