This week I reflected on some of the forms teaching practice is governed through data. This week I identified four forms I thought I was directly or indirectly ‘governed through data. The first example is through the use of a Learning Management System (LMS) where the performance of teachers is evaluated through the number of assignments created, how quickly feedback is given back to the students, the number of formative and summative assignments register, etc.
In the last few months I have also felt the need (or some sort of pressure) to have my online presence indicator in Teams in green (available) to show I’m working. Maybe this is just a personal issue, and although as many teachers around the world I work extra hours on the weekend or after school depending on the amount of work. However, I think it can be used as a form of control or governance in some situations to track productivity and work hours.
Student achievement levels could be said to be one of the most common form of productivity and success measurement of teachers. In educational settings where scores and standardised tests are very important to the school or local government, the teacher’s grade book.
Finally, another form of teacher governance, in my opinion, is a form of ‘visible teaching’, which involves active participations in social media or other social platforms to showcase the learning by teachers. Teachers who are not active in social media or do not showcase their work regularly, might be considered as not creative enough or even as if learning is not happening unless it’s visible to others.