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  •  I can't think of a better way to destroy (3+ / 0-)
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    Leap Year, blindyone, polar bear

    the camaraderie and spirit of cooperation at a school.  Much of the success of a class depends on who are the students that up that class. If a teacher's pay is based upon test results, then there will struggle as to who gets to teach the classes holding better performing students, such as college prep in high school. Teachers will be less willing to cooperate and share the load of teaching remedial and low performing classes. And how do you judge the merit pay of teachers who teach subjects that aren't tested?

    moderation in everything ... including moderation

    by C Barr on Thu May 14, 2009 at 09:03:42 PM PDT

    •  Anecdotal, (2+ / 0-)
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      tmo, polar bear

      but when I was new to education, this kind of cracked me up. My observations of kindergarten classrooms in particular were that the same teacher might have a crazy, uncontrollable class one year, then a sweet, manageable one the next. Very often, the difference was simply ratio of boys to girls. More boys = more out-of-control behavior. More girls = more angelic little listeners.  ;-)

      Of course, really awesome teachers can adjust their style to the attention and activity level of their class.

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