Manch­ester champ coached by her dad

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - An­dre.poyser@glean­erjm.com

Drizel Wil­son with her tro­phy and a win­ning smile to go with it. MAN­DEV­ILLE, Manch­ester: ILSON FIRST en­tered the Spell­ing Bee com­pe­ti­tion four years ago at six years old and fin­ished in the top 10, and her per­for­mance over the years has been con­sis­tent. Now, the 10-year-old fifth­grader, coached by her fa­ther Bar­ring­ton, is the par­ish cham­pion. She has been study­ing in­tensely in pre­par­ing of the par­ish fi­nals, up to six hours per day. Drizel’s hob­bies are read­ing and watch­ing doc­u­men­taries. The most re­cent doc­u­men­tary she’s watched is one on tigers.

Bar­ring­ton Wil­son is not new to be­ing a coach of a par­ish cham­pion, but this time around is one of his proud­est mo­ments. Wil­son is also coach of the top five spell­ers in this spell­down.

Drizel on win­ning: “I feel re­ally great and I know I am go­ing to win the na­tion­als.”

Bar­ring­ton Wil­son, fa­ther and coach: “I am elated, es­pe­cially be­cause she is my daugh­ter. I was re­ally look­ing for­ward to her win­ning.”

W1. Drizel Wil­son, Man­dev­ille Pri­mary and Ju­nior High 2. Hay­ley Ebanks, El In­sti­tuto de Man­dev­ille 3. Dar­rell Dou­glas, Knox Ju­nior School 4. Ian White, El In­sti­tuto de Man­dev­ille 5. Tre­vaughn Robin­son, DeCarteret Col­lege Top Boy: Dar­rell Dou­glas, Knox Ju­nior School Top Girl: Drizel Wil­son, Man­dev­ille Pri­mary and Ju­nior High Win­ning word: B-E-A-T-I-F-I-C-A-T-I-O-N Coach: Bar­ring­ton Wil­son Num­ber of spell­ers: 25 THE JA­MAICA Teach­ing Coun­cil (JTC) has be­gun pi­lot­ing draft ap­praisal in­stru­ments to as­sess the per­for­mance of teach­ers and prin­ci­pals. The in­stru­ments, which were cir­cu­lated to ed­u­ca­tors for their feed­back, are to be re­vised af­ter a re­view ses­sion is held later this month.

The JTC has said the in­stru­ments will be used to iden­tify and as­sess per­for­mance on crit­i­cal ar­eas of school lead­er­ship that should re­sult in op­ti­mal learn­ing for all stu­dents.

“It is not in­tended as a puni­tive in­stru­ment but to en­able the prin­ci­pal/teacher to as­sess him/her­self and po­si­tion his or her per­for­mance on a con­tin­u­ous path of ex­cel­lence,” noted an ex­tract from the draft ap­praisal tool ob­tained by The Gleaner said.

The rat­ing scale utilised by the ap­praisal in­stru­ment is based on a credit sys­tem, with 130 cred­its be­ing the max­i­mum that can be ob­tained.

Ed­u­ca­tors earn­ing be­low 65 cred­its will be deemed un­ac­cept­able. Those earn­ing between 65 and 97 cred­its will be cat­e­gorised as at­tain­ing per­for­mance in need of im­prove­ment. Pro­fi­cient ed­u­ca­tors will be those that earn cred­its between 98 and 120, while those earn­ing above 120 cred­its will be des­ig­nated as ex­em­plary.

Teach­ers will be ap­praised on their knowl­edge of the sub­ject area they teach, ped­a­gog­i­cal ap­proach, class­room man­age­ment, pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, stake­holder en­gage­ment and pro­fes­sional con­duct.

The JTC has pro­posed that for­ma­tive ap­praisal for teach­ers be un­der­taken ev­ery term and sum­ma­tive ap­praisal car­ried out once each year.

“For­ma­tive ap­praisal should be led by the head of depart­ment or grade co­or­di­na­tor. There should be at least two per­sons in the team, both of whom should be pro­fi­cient in the sub­ject be­ing taught by the teacher be­ing ap­praised. For the sum­ma­tive ap­praisal, the prin­ci­pal may choose to lead the teacher’s ap­praisal along with an­other mem­ber of staff who is pro­fi­cient in the sub­ject area or in teach­ing at the pri­mary level,” the draft ap­praisal doc­u­ments said.

SCOR­ING

The JTC has fur­ther stip­u­lated that prin­ci­pals must score at least 75 per cent of cred­its in each sec­tion of the do­main to be ap­praised as pro­fi­cient. The do­mains to be ap­praised for prin­ci­pals in­clude ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment, in­struc­tional lead­er­ship, en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for learn­ing, and per­sonal at­tributes and de­vel­op­ment.

The teach­ing coun­cil has en­cour­aged prin­ci­pals to un­der­take their self-as­sess­ment each term. For­ma­tive ap­praisals, which re­view the per­for­mance of prin­ci­pals, have been pro­posed to be car­ried out by ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers and school boards ev­ery six months. It has been sug­gested that a sum­ma­tive ap­praisal of prin­ci­pal per­for­mance is be un­der­taken ev­ery two years.

The draft ap­praisal in­stru­ment has stip­u­lated that the sum­ma­tive eval­u­a­tion is to be con­ducted by a team of six, which should in­clude an ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer who does not su­per­vise the school, the board chair­man, one rep­re­sen­ta­tive each from the par­ent-teacher as­so­ci­a­tion, staff and stu­dent body, and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive iden­ti­fied by the prin­ci­pal.

IAN ALLEN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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