Our school actually uses Marzano’s Teacher evaluation model. In their model, they provide a self reflection that allows the teacher to look at all four of the different competencies. Theses competencies include
- Classrooms Strategies and Behaviors
- Planning and Preparing
- Reflecting on Teaching
- Collegiality and Professionalism
- The teacher designs clear, well-organized, sequential lessons that reflect best practice, align with standards and are appropriate for diverse learners.
- The teacher uses formal and informal methods to measure student progress, then manages and analyzes student data to inform instruction.
- Through knowledge of students and proven practices, the teacher ensures high levels of learning, social-emotional development and achievement for all students.
- The teacher plans engaging, flexible lessons that encourage higher-order thinking, persistence and achievement.
- The teacher supports all learners in their pursuit of high levels of academic and social-emotional success.
- The teacher uses content and pedagogical expertise to design and execute lessons aligned with state standards, related content and student needs.
- The teacher clearly and accurately communicates to support persistence, deeper learning and effective effort.
- The teacher differentiates instruction, aligning methods and techniques to diverse student needs.
- The teacher formally and informally collects, analyzes and uses student progress data and makes needed lesson adjustments.
- Learning Environment
- The teacher organizes a safe, accessible and efficient classroom.
- The teacher establishes, communicates and maintains clear expectations for student behavior.
- The teacher leads a mutually respectful and collaborative class of actively engaged learners.
- Professional Practices and Responsibilities
- The teacher meets district expectations for attendance, professional appearance, decorum, procedural, ethical, legal and statutory responsibilities.
- The teacher reflects on his/her practice.
- The teacher enhances the professional community.
- The teacher demonstrates leadership with students, colleagues, and community members in the school, district and community through effective communication and outreach.
Because I started in the business industry first, I always try to view education practices in the sense that a business would view their own practices. Return on investment (ROI) is critical. I believe that is ultimately the purpose of evaluations and assessments. When students are assessed and administration takes that data to review where they went wrong or right, they are ultimately assessing what their yearly investment in teachers, supplies, learning tools etc. got them. If it got them low results, they will readjust the curriculum, the teachers, the students to try new things and find what works. District essentially does the same thing with admins, trying to find the best fit for their skill set. I am not sure that ROI or management of resources should be part of the end-of-year assessment though. Personally, I think it should be something the teacher does in regards to his or her resources and the investment that the school is making on them. This should probably be a reflection piece that the teacher does that includes data that supports his or her findings. If a school invests in a program to increase reading, the reading teachers should defend the use of the investment yearly to show that the purchase is producing results. A librarian should provide yearly data to support the spending of tens of thousands on databases each year. It should be required and to my knowledge, most schools just don’t do that. Because of that, schools may spend thousands of dollars for all kinds of items that just aren’t being used or aren’t effective. In the budget crisis we face this century, it really should be necessary,
One of the biggest problems we have faced at our school is the ability to share information in a way that when the originator leaves the school, we still have the opportunity to access the files and creations of said person. This isn’t just a problem at my school, it exists everywhere. Many schools, like ours, use tools such as eduphoria to house important lessons and data, but it doesn’t really solve the issue. With eduphoria, only the admins can input data to share amongst the community. We decided to approach this idea from a unique vantage point. What if we created a Google account for the department itself? We could all share our documents with that account, make the account the owner and we would be a editor. You can easily create a file and then transfer ownership. It solves the issue and stress of trying to scramble when people leave suddenly or even when they are absent or on FMLA etc. I think the adjustment of eduphoria’s PMS/LMS system to allow file linkage and or submission would certainly help the situation, I am just not sure they are really built to handle that massive amount of data like Google is in this case.