WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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an interview with dr. david lussier bench, offering interested teachers training and other developmental support to prepare them to become administrators or mentors for younger teachers. This year, the district is implementing a new evaluation system for "My job isn't to make everybody happy; I think it is to be very clear about the reasons we're making certain choices." teachers. Instead of administrators popping in for a couple of class- We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 room visits each year, they will be making more frequent observations. grade the performance. "It's amazing," he says. "Even among educators, And they will be basing those observations on a more uniform view you'll see a range from A to D." The high grader praised the teacher for "of what good teaching looks like." By calibrating expectations, Lussier having firm control of the classroom, writing pertinent information says, "whether I go into a classroom or you go into a classroom, we're on the board, and asking students an orderly sequence of questions. going to have similar expectations and provide similar feedback." The low grader panned the same teacher for asking the students super- Lussier says that he had conducted experiments in which he presented a short video of a teacher in action and then asked viewers to 56 ficial questions and failing to engage them in the material in a meaningful way.

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