The United Federation of Teachers recently filed a law suit against administrators gaining access to teacher’s lesson plans.
I can speak from experience on this topic. During my last year at Manhattan Center for Science and Math high school which was the spring of 2013. Asisstant Principal of social studies Daniel Albetta (a gym teacher by license) requested lesson planning from myself and another teacher.(https://mcsminmywords.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/incompetent-unprofessional-supervisor/)
Needless to say I still have not received any reviews about these lessons.
The truth is simple. Teachers often spend 180 days in a classroom with their students and often tailor their lessons to the needs of the students. Many times teachers will have improvise if a lesson is not working. As a history teacher, I know that sometimes a situation may occur that might change the course of history. These current events often are on the Internet within seconds of occurring. (Yes, Daniel current events are part of teaching history.) Because of this teachers might have to change a lesson plan at a moment notice and be prepared to answer any questions posed by a student. (Remember September 11, 2001).
Building a lesson plan is not as simple as reformers think. In New York City the average classroom size is 34 and according to some administrators these lessons should be tailored to each individual student.
Here is a question for the reformers, how can an administrator who has no knowledge of the strengths or weaknesses of 34 students in a particular class design a lesson plan better then the teacher who is with those students five days a week?
The answer is simple, administrators can follow the path of Assistant Principal Abdurrahim Ali and change the grades of a student to benefit their numbers because that’s all principals care about.
The question is simple, is Mr. Ali’s behavior the exception or the rule when it comes leadership?