No, it’s not a poem, but middle school language arts teachers might see a bit of truth in this:
A new rule of thumb for busy teachers:
Darling’s Law: If coordinators and administrators are overwhelmed trying to make programs work, it can be assumed that teachers trying to make said programs work in the classroom are facing an impossible task.
Corollary: If coordinators and administrators are overwhelmed trying to implement assessments, it can be assumed that teachers giving and making sense of said assessments is at the expense of good instruction as their resources of time and energy are overly misdirected.
Use: A program or assessment ceases being an asset when the coordinator or administrator is overwhelmed as the resources used (time, energy, technology, student buy-in) will strip a even greater value of received benefits. This is not a correlation–coordinator/administrator effort to value–but an indication that the program or assessment is not going to be effective in its classroom use.
In short: If the coordinators and administrators can’t get it to work, how are teachers with a classroom of needy children going to?
Think of this at your next inservice or faculty meeting.
In other words,