This post makes some bold claims, among them
Great teachers don't always have the best lessons. But they always have the best relationships with kids.
Then stop demanding that they upload or submit those lessons, an act that serves no purpose for a great teacher.
Great teachers are not defined by their lesson plans... they are defined by their passion.
Then make passion, not lesson plan formatting, part of their evaluation.
Great teachers are in it for the kids. It's not about the lesson plan, the rules, or the massive paycheck. It's always about the kids.
Then stop evaluating them based on lesson plans and rules.
Kids leave their class feeling better about themselves... because great teachers understand there is more to teaching than delivering instruction.
Then include truly human factors in the evaluation of this human enterprise called teaching and rely less on dehumanizing data.
Great teachers are not driven by courses of study... they are driven by the faces in front of them.
Then stop making assessment numbers related to courses of study the be all, end all of determining a teacher's worth.
Although I agree with most of the points in this piece, I do take issue with one. Mr. Steel writes, "Great teachers are in it for the kids. It's not about the lesson plan, the rules, or the massive paycheck. It's always about the kids." This is absolutely true, and I would hope the same is true of my doctor, yet I have never once heard it said that doctors are not in it for the money. Emphasizing repeatedly that teachers do what they do for students and not financial remuneration establishes the idea that financial remuneration is not important for teachers. Of course it is, just as it is in any other profession, and I will call out the false ideal of teacher as willfully suffering servant wherever it appears.