During post-season, organizational leadership analyzes team performance to celebrate successes and identify areas to improve. Successful sports teams establish team and individual goals for each season, each game, each day. These goals are clearly communicated and kept at the forefront to help coaches and players visualize achievement. Each team member brings a unique or specialized skill to contribute. To reach team and individual player goals, coaches must further develop skilled players, and teammates must work together for the common goal. Coaches continually evaluate individual players’ performance every practice, every quarter, every game. When coaches evaluate player performance, they are focusing on identifying player strengths and areas of improvement, and adjust when necessary. Performance evaluation is not used to tear down the player but to build them up with strategies to improve performance while acknowledging and utilizing strengths to advance individual and team goals. The coach and player work collaboratively alongside their teammates to hone their skills and be challenged to become a better player and teammate. Strengthening the individual player, the team becomes stronger and increases their ability to obtain their goals.
The teacher evaluation process today is more beneficial when it is similar to the sports evaluation mindset. It is about getting better. Whether you are an athlete or an educator you must look at performance evaluation as a necessary practice in the ongoing process to advance skills and competencies. Teacher evaluation is not used to tear down but provide support and strategies to improve, each day, each semester, each year. The administrator encourages teachers to utilize individual strengths while working collaboratively to improve pedagogy. Through this process, administrators can plan for relevant professional learning to assist teachers in honing their practice. In the end, when teacher evaluations are approached as a positive building process to further develop individual professional growth, then collectively the school becomes stronger and poised for greater achievement.