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The Brave New World of Student Teacher High-Stakes Evaluation, an update... - Mitchell Robinson: Reforming Reform

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  This is no joke! Just when you thought teacher training and licensing couldn’t get any more bat-sh#%, crazy -- in the future, aspiring teachers — even graduates from prestigious university ed. programs will be denied certification if they fail to pass a computerized “avatar” teacher training exam. ETS (Educational Testing Services) will administer this test, called the NOTE!  The screen image shows cartoon kid “avatars” sitting in desks in a computerized re-creation of a classroom … and these Pixar-ish characters act out scenarios of misbehavior, or they ask the teacher for clarification or whatever. The teacher is then tested on how he or she responds to these cartoon characters or “avatars.”In the back room, there are non-teacher “avatars” — actually unemployed actors — manipulating joysticks and pressing buttons while they portray the cartoon avatar children. 

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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