New Head Asks Teachers to Evaluate Colleagues

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(From the ISR Open Forum)

Identifying Good Teachers & Bad Teachers

by Doctor » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:48 pm

“I would like to get some feedback from other IS teachers about a question our new head of school has asked.

I’m working at a school in Asia which has been going through some turmoil over the last 2 years. We have gone through 3 heads, and a new head has been appointed for this school year. We are losing students and the projection is that only 75% of our current student body will be returning.

Even before his tenure began, the new head of school paid a visit to the school. He met with the foreign-hire staff and asked us to respond to 2 questions:

Q1. What is good about the school and what is bad about the school?
Q2. Name 3 teachers whom have had a positive effect on the school and name 3 teachers who have not lived up to expectations.

I’d like feedback on the second part of the second question.

I should add, other than that question, everything about the new head is fine: experienced, articulate, professional, but the “name 3 bad teachers” question is really worrying me especially since this is a country that takes all contracts with a grain of salt. It honestly seems inappropriate and the beginnings of a witch hunt.”

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