Teachers are sick and tired of evaluations that focus primarily on standardized test scores or a short observation from an administrator who may not have a full picture of the scope and context of the class. Most teachers take their work extremely seriously, working long hours to improve curriculum, communication, intervention, and the general quality of life and education for their students. Below is the evaluation I think we should be getting. What do you think? What would you add? Let us know in the comment section below!
My school is in an accreditation year, so we have been preparing in many ways for formal observations within our school community and from the accreditation team. (I'm on the west coast, so we are governed by WASC.) I normally really enjoy informal observations by department members and colleagues because I find that they are a great feedback tool for my own reflection and professional growth. During informal observations, I like to try out new methodologies or focus on meeting the needs of a particular group of students. Then, I like to debrief with my observer and brainstorm ideas for future tweaks. However, formal observations can have a very different plan and purpose. These are the types of observations you know will occur in advance and typically are not followed by collaborative feedback. These are the observations that you want to knock out of the park with a home run. Below are 7 tips for acing a formal evaluation. I'd love to hear your comments or concerns in the comment section below.