Veteran teacher Wendy Taylor
tries to like the new assistant principal because
it’s the right thing to do.
Plus, he holds her career in his hands, which he knows.
He's made it clear that the key to success in getting a good review
is to kowtow to his every whim. But those whims
seem to change every time he pokes his head into her classroom.
Wendy wonders why the joyful days of working earnestly with kids and helping them realize their potential have been replaced by endless documentation and subjective reviews that form the majority of a performance-based evaluation.
On the plus side, Wendy Taylor may possibly be the only fictional character ever to start her own online magazine.
The incredible spin put on data collection:
it really mean?
And does a kid learn just because a teacher places a tick mark on a grid?
About our heroine, Wendy Taylor:
So well written, I felt like I was in the classroom
-Ms. Zempel's cousin
Too much emphasis on my mom's snarky inner voice.
-Wendy's teenage daughter, Cassidy
T.L. Zempel on her character Wendy Taylor:
Finishing School tells the story of how teachers, students, and administrators play the learning game.
Trouble is, they didn't all get the same
Administrators want to impress the public with strong test scores;
Students don't care much about that, involved as they are in their own mini-dramas and smart devices.
Teachers are caught in the middle of a game they never signed up for: juggling the malaise in their students with the impossible demands of their bosses.