As teachers work in the classroom, they are constantly self-assessing how their lessons went and changes that are needed to improve upon the lesson and their teaching.
When it comes to teacher evaluations the same self-assessing should be done yearly. There are many changes that can be done that will improve the teacher evaluation process and enable the process to be more beneficial to all involved. Some of these changes can be take more effort than others, but in the long run will be well worth the time and effort given to them.
In this article, the author states several ways to improve Teacher Evaluation Systems. At the forefront, administrators need to look at the process and realize that the Evaluation should be done to coach and help the teacher to improve their practice.
Some of the suggestions include:
1. Making sure the rubric is not to large and unwieldy. Too many items on the rubric, will cause a lack of focus on the process.
2. Design the system as a formative feedback process. Teacher teach their lessons using formative assessments to help them understand where their students are at in learning the lessons and then use that to help the students further understand what is needed for the summative. Doesn’t it make sense to look at the evaluation process the same way? Observations can be formative in nature. Help the teachers understand where they are at with their proficiency and guide them in ways to improve with the proper feedback, so when it is time for the summative, they have clearly shown improvement.
3. Make sure that evaluators can be instructional coaches and have instructional coaches be a part of the process. The evaluators are there to coach their teachers, just as teacher are there to coach their students.
4. Get more people involved in the process. Do not rely on a single administrator or a small group of administrators to do all the evaluation process. Peer Coaching and Review allows for great feedback and help and is found to be more helpful to the teachers when they talk with their peers.
While all of these might not fit into your district’s framework for evaluation, just thinking about them might unlock your thoughts on ways to help your district solidify your teacher evaluation process.