FHT: I am surprised you’ve said some children have met objectives already on our on-line tracking tool. It’s only October.
Teacher: That’s because I know they can do it.
FHT: But our policy is to see them doing it 6 times over the year before saying they’ve met an objective.
Teacher: But there’s 150 objectives just for maths, reading and writing. You have to trust me. If I feel they can do it, I will show they have met that objective on the online tracking tool.
FHT: But how do you definitely know? Did you take photographs of their work and upload it to the online tracking tool?
Teacher: No. It’s in their book.
FHT: But your tablet can take photos and it easy for you to upload things – (once you’ve logged in, found the objective and remembered what to do). Everyone is doing it.
Teacher: But it’s in their book and I spoke to them at length.
FHT: On 6 occasions?
Teacher: No. Some children just knew it before I started the unit. They explained the answer to a question in depth, showing a very good understanding. The objective was reading 3 digit numbers.
FHT: But did they really know? Can you prove it? Did you film them talking to you?
Teacher: Er… no. Should I have done?
FHT: If you are saying they have met that objective, I think a short film uploaded to the online tracking tool would be great.
Teacher: But who looks at those videos?
FHT: 🤔 Was it in a problem solving situation?
Teacher: No. the objective just says ‘I can read 3 digit numbers’. He can, and knew the value of each digit.
FHT: But everything has to be mastery and reasoning.
Teacher: Yes. I understand but he can read 3 digit numbers confidently and shows a good understanding. He has met that objective.
FHT: But it’s only October! The colours on the online tracking tool are supposed to change slowly and steadily over the year. This will mess around with my graphs…..
Teacher: But he can do it….!
FHT: I think you need some coaching.
FHT: Where are you going?
Teacher: I’m not sure anymore.
(Secret Files based on real conversations within staff meetings, SLT meetings, book scrutiny feedback and performance management meetings…mostly!)