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Old 04-15-2017, 09:01 AM
 
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How does your school vote for TOTY? Shouldn't this be a private process?


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yes. . .
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in our district we follow the process of a union vote. We sign the form at our site that we voted for a representative on a short list from our school. Then people at the district office including our admin. vote for the district teacher of the year. As far as the nominees go. . . well thats a different story. At my old school we nominated on paper at a staff meeting. I'm guessing at my new school the team leaders nominated . . I don't know. I remember the principal emailing something about submitting names???
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We do not vote on TOTY. Someone outside of education needs to nominate a teacher, then the teacher writes about why they should be TOTY. They also have to video tape a lesson, or something like that.

We had a teacher at our school who was TOTY for our county and she is a crappy teacher =(
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We have no say.
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Our principals nominate them.
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Ours is a joke. We all nominate, then Admin sends out a list to chose from, well, the P we have now leaves names OFF the list, eventually SHE picked someone, so our votes really don't matter. People were up in arms this year, so P made a quick meeting for any complainers and she told them how the decision was made. This year was a teacher who no one thought was worthy, and in no way was chosen by anyone.

We have a total control freak P.


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Voting in general...
Old 04-15-2017, 11:38 AM
 
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should be private, right?

If I truly want to vote for the best teacher without hurting someone's feelings, then I don't want others knowing my choice.

Is that wrong?
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We always voted, and
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Two people tallied the votes together. The top three names went back out to the staff and voted on again. I thought this was fair! It was anonymous.
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Old 04-15-2017, 12:25 PM
 
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It is the general public that nominates.

First level, you get as many peeps to write district why said teacher should be nominated.
Numbers matter, since the top six from elementary, middle, and high school advance.

Then who knows what shenanigans goes on behind closed doors for the final three that get sent to the state deal.

I nominate a teacher (who was doing a beyond the call of duty as a teacher), and that teacher won for middle school TOTY.

What chaps my ass, is whoever wins over all has some "show pony/feel good" back story that always looks good in print. Mr. Ms District TOTY not only is a excellent instructor but also

Raised money for an orphanage/drinking well/third world school/breast cancer/domestic violence shelter/pet rescue blah and blah blah... which are all worthy causes BUT YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A TEACHER TO DO THAT. Now, everyone is begging for their special causes, and I flat out ignore all the fund raising begging. I don't have $50+ to send to each teacher for their pet project.

I figure TOTY here who wins for district, is whoever has a compelling back story that looks good in the media.

Me cynical? Hahahahaha...

My school never did TOTY.
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I've worked in 3 schools and none of them have done TOTY. I'd actually never heard of it until people posted about it here. I'm glad we don't do it. It seems like it would just end up being a popularity contest and I could see many people at my school taking it way too seriously and getting their feelings really hurt and/or complaining about it all year.
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