The k-12 teacher evaluation process is effective for following continuous or quality improvement in the schools. Teacher evaluations are usually designed for two reasons. First is to measure the teacher’s competence and second is to promote professional growth and development.
Purpose of evaluation
The system involving teacher evaluation should give essential feedback to teachers on the basis of the needs of the classrooms. It should also give a chance to learn new teaching techniques and counseling from the principal and other teachers to make changes in their classrooms. To attain such goals, evaluator should set particular standards and procedures.
These standards should be as objective as required and should also relate to basic and important teaching skills. The standards should be also linked to the professional development of the teacher and should be clearly communicated to the teacher before the evaluation starts and reviewed once the evaluation is over.
Evaluator should consider the various teaching skills and if they use various sources of information about the performance of the teacher it will help them to make more appropriate evaluations
Process for evaluator
- Reviewing the classroom records and the lesson plans: These lesson plans can let you know about the teacher plan via instructional goals. You can also check how a teacher has linked testing, instructions and lesson plans by checking the classroom records like assignments and tests.
- To observe the activities of the class: This will help to collect data for the evaluation. These observations can be planned, formal or informal. Any of these forms offer valuable information. The main purpose is to observe the class and attain a sample that represents the performance of the teacher in the classroom.
- Third is to expand the number of individuals that are included in the evaluations. Mostly these evaluations are done by either the department supervisors or the principal. This system will do fine if the goal of the evaluation is to only indicate current capability of the teacher. If the goal is to promote teacher growth then it is critical to increase the number of evaluators so teachers receive more quality time.
- Teachers who really want to improve their teaching want to know how students and other teachers view them. There are many people who interact with the teachers in daily life. During the process of the evaluation their perspective should not be ignored.
- Evaluators should not forget to deliver feedback in a considerate and positive way. They should also provide ideas and suggestions about changes that make sense to the teacher.
Originally posted 2009-09-29 08:50:55.