When: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
It’s time to have our Fall teacher-directed professional development, which is an alternative to the PD run by the NYCDOE. Since the new teacher evaluation system is a big part of our lives this year (For NYC public school teachers), we plan to integrate the Danielson Framework throughout the day and we will most likely carve out specific time slots to solely focus on that.
Both Katie Traxler and I spent time last year, at our respective schools, working with the Danielson Framework and exploring how it applies to music teachers. My principal, last year, gave me a time slot each week, during the “extended day”, to lead a group with the other arts & specialty teachers to work on this. So, though I cannot claim to be an expert, I have experience with this and so does Katie.
Personally, I think we will have a better opportunity to explore what it means to us as music teachers by discussing it with a group of like-minded music teachers. Here are a couple of examples of how I think we can use this: (1) One of us teaches a song or game. or some other activity. We discuss whether it would fall within “Effective” or “Highly Effective” in our classroom (we’re aiming for the best here, not the “ineffectives”, though we should discuss what might make it fall under “ineffective”), using the Danielson Rubric as a guide. (2) We spend some time going through the rubric and getting familiar with it as well through discussion, perhaps in small groups and then we regroup to discuss.
If you want to attend, please look for our Evite, which will go out soon. If you haven’t received the last few, you may not be on our list (we moved to using Evites about a year ago and you may have inadvertently fallen of the list in the transfer).