《The Smartest Kids in the World》的笔记-第216页
- 章节名：appendix I - how to spot a world-class education: ask the principal the hard questions
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How do you make your teachers better?The more specifics you hear in response to this question, the better. Most teachers operate without meaningful feedback, in isolation. That is indefensible today. Professional development, which is jargon for training in the education world, should be customized to the strengths and weaknesses of the individual teacher. It should not feature hundreds pf teachers sitting through a lecture in an auditorium.No country has figured this out. But some countries do it better than others. In Finland, teachers are more likely to watch each other teach – in training and throughout their careers. Many countries give teachers more time to collaborate and plan together. Ask principals how they help teachers collaborate and what kind of leadership roles they give to their top teachers.How do you measure your success?Strong leaders can clearly explain their vision. If you hear a long, vague answer, full of many disparate parts, you may have found yourself in a school without a mission – which is to say, an average school. In the United States, most principals will mention test-score data as one measure of success, which is fair but insufficient. They might also mention graduation rates or parental satisfaction surveys.Fine. But how do they measure intangible outcomes that matter just as much? How do they know if they are training students to do higher-order thinking and solve problems they have never seen before? Most standardized tests do not capture those skills. How do they judge if they are teaching kids the secrets behind the world’s greatest success stories, skills like persistence, self-control, and integrity?Do they ask their students what needs to be improved? Do those opinions change the way the school works in fundamental ways – every semester? World-class educators have a vision for where they are going, tools to determine if they have lost their way, and a culture of perpetual change in order to do better.How do you make sure the work is rigorous enough? How do you keep raising the bar to find out what kids can do?
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