Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Boring teacher struck off in Scotland

"An English teacher has been struck off after pupils and parents complained about her `boring` lessons."

"Gillian Scott, who taught at Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, did not motivate her `disinterested` students or effectively explain her teaching plans to them, the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) said."

"Teachers who observed Ms Scott, 33, between 2011 and 2013 claimed she spent three lessons reading a novel to one class without allowing them to ask questions. They also alleged she set the same essay task - titled `what I did in activities week` - for several different year groups."

"Pupils also dubbed the lessons the `puni class` due to the disproportionate number of punishment exercises, it was said."

"In another example, Ms Scott, who studied at university in Glasgow and Strathclyde, is said to have shown a class a clip of Jurassic Park before making them copy what she said about characterisation in relation to the film."

"She was removed from the teaching register for two years following a seven-day hearing in Edinburgh, which concluded on May 23."

"In its ruling the GTCS said the panel found `extensive failings` in Ms Scott's ability to plan..."

"Ms Scott, who did not attend the hearing and who now teaches English at a private college abroad, admitted in an email submission on May 1 that she could have handled situations - both in the classroom and with colleagues - differently."

"But Ms Scotts father, James Scott, 67, told The Daily Telegraph his daughter, who he represented during the hearing, was subjected to `endless supervision` at the school, which resulted in an `unfair` conclusion..."

Many of the examples given for the teacher`s failings had to do with her teaching style. She was criticised for leading from the front of the class, not introducing active or co-operative learning; failing to recap the learning intentions at the end of the lesson and failing to provide success criteria. Exam results were not accepted as evidence that her teaching style was effective.
Scenes from the battleground has blogged about this case and points out that these teaching fads are now no longer endorsed in England by OSTED.
"I still haven’t read every part of this case. It is complex and a lot has been written and I am not familiar with the Scottish system. But what I do know is that this year in Scotland, failing to comply with fads from ten or twenty years ago, which have no proven benefit for learning, can be used as evidence that you are not fit to teach."
"The evidence is that there was far more to the striking off than teaching styles, for instance, the teacher had been a whistle blower."

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