Original post made by Nancy, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Nov 19, 2010
Mr. Knaggs says that administrators conduct rigorous evaluations of teachers. One way teachers are evaluated in Pleasanton is by having another teacher in the same school observe them teaching. I can imagine just how rigorous that evaluation must be.
A principal observing a teacher sees that teacher on their very best behavior. When alone with students, teacher behavior can be very different. Parents who speak to the principal are told that the teacher "would never say that" and "no one else has ever complained before." Principals should keep in mind that parents talk to each other, and we're aware that others have complained. We're very aware that ineffective and verbally abusive teachers are still in positions of power over children, regardless of what we do.