On February 9, 2015, while Manhattan Center Assistant principal Daniel Albetta sat in his office plotting way to spend the twenty -two thousand dollars in per-session money he made in 2014, I was teaching an lesson on supply and demand to a class of 12th grader and being observed.
Dear Mr. Silvers,
On February 9 , 2015 I observed you teach a lesson with the instructional objective that students will be able to describe and analyze the Laws of Supply and Demand in an economic system. Your Aim was How do the laws of Supply and Demand gauge a nation’s economy? Your Do Now was to read the quotes of Adam Davidson and Douglas Horton and explain in a paragraph the driving force behind an economic system and how these forces have affected America’s economic system ?
You MOTIVATED students by introducing how the production of goods affect an economy, speaking about products they are familiar with in their everyday lives. You used a Smart board that was aligned to your handout guiding your lesson. In achieving understanding of the concept of Supply and Demand you referred to McDonald’s, sneakers (where made) Valentine’s Day, a student’s handbag, an Arizona drink,gas prices,IPhones,Supermarkets, competition of suppliers, fraternity and sororities. You defined monopolies and their effects on supply and demand. You ended off with a writing assignment where students worked in groups to explain how change in consumer income,population change,consumer preferences and prices of related goods affect supply and demand within a nation’s economy.
Academic language was incorporated throughout the period in the definition and application of scarcity and supply/demand. Terms used included opportunity costs, production, money and banking, economic growth, market cost, competition and world economic system, in addition to vocabulary words allocate, consumption, fundamental and interdependent.
YOU ADDRESSED THE FOLLOWING COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS.
1)Determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.
2)Analyzing how an authors uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text
3)Evaluation of the authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the author’s claims,reasoning and evidence and responding thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesizing comments, claims and evidence made on all sides of an issue,
resolving contradictions when possible and determining what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.
You always prepare an exceptional handout. The student handout outlined the Laws of Supply and Demand and Equilibrium with space for definitions and answers based on economic scenarios, graps depicting average retail prices, price/quantity, and equilibrium for price and quantity. Your students read and answered questions throughout the period. My only suggestion is to shorten lesson to allow more time for student share out at the end. (As an ATR this is a bit difficult because you really want to do bell to bell teaching, but because these are not your students you really cant set a pace.)
YOU PLANNED A COHERENT DEVELOPMENTAL LESSON THAT INCLUDED TECHNOLOGY. YOU USED REAL LIFE PRODUCTS AND EXAMPLES THAT KEPT STUDENTS ENGAGED AND ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS. THEIR ACHIEVED UNDERSTANDING OF THE LAW OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND WILL SERVE THEM WELL AFTER THEIR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. YOUR PLANNING AND PREPARATION OF THE MULTIPAGE HANDOUT AND POWERPOINT WAS EXCELLENT. YOU ACHIEVED THE LEARNING OBJECTIVE FOR THIS LESSON.
Based on our pre-observation conference, we agreed that I would be looking at both student engaged in meaningful instruction in a standard based classroom and utilization of good classroom management skills. The instruction coherent, the assessment shows mastery of your objective, there was a summary and good questioning/discussion techniques employed.
You met my pre observation expectations. This lessons was a satisfactory lessons
Principal, Senior Field ATR Supervisor
This is the third satisfactory rating I have received since being placed in the ATR pool.
Recently,someone in the Manhattan Center administration placed a comment on this blog about being rated by incompetent and unsatisfactory supervisors. They were 100% right from 2010-2013 I recieved U ratings from 3 incompetent supervisors. Albetta, Bradley and Jimenez