*dramatic music plays in the background*
In our handbook, we have formal evaluations every three year. It’s always a stressful time having your administrator come in, listen to a lesson, then sit down with them later and here about those things you do well and need to improve.
I agree. Most of the time, I’m pretty confident about my evalutions. I’m an average teachers on a good day, but yet, I listen, I adapt, and I’m working to make the time I have with students count. All in all, I do the things that I need to do to get the job done. Most of all, I love what I do. It’s hard, it’s exhausting, yet, it’s pure magic when everything hits the way that it is suppose to hit (which doesn’t happen all that often!).
Today was the “bringing of the artifacts” (ok, it’s not actually called that). We have teaching standards to meet and whatever is not seen in the lesson or in our school day is something expect to be seen. I’ve been stressed about this for weeks. I’m not sure why, but this year’s evaluation, from the first lesson to this post meeting has had me on pins and needles. Again, on good days, I’m pretty average, but this year, I’ve felt ineffective on so many levels. I’m my own worst critic (like most of us are) and I see the worst in what I do. Being unorganized, not getting grades into our online grade book, struggling with relationships with adults, they all weigh on me.
But, as you’d expect, if you dread something long enough, it actually turns out to be better than you expect. We had a great conversation about the things I do in the classroom. I shared out the needed things he was looking for and 45 minutes later, I was on my way to class.
I know there are things to improve on, there always are. Average teachers need to improve! 🙂 However, I know I’m doing good things.
And it’s those things I needed to hear today. This year has been hard, but to hear that you are doing something that will make an impact, it makes a teacher feel good about himself.
And we start the cycle again. Until the next (and maybe final) evaluation! 🙂
March 24, 2022 at 10:56 pm
As a person who completes evaluations, I always tell my teachers this . . . Dramatic music plays…You are doing amazing things every single day and I don’t get to see or hear about them. When I (or anyone else) comes into your room, think about it as your opportunity to ‘show off’ the greatness that is happening. Glad you could check this off your list!
March 24, 2022 at 11:35 pm
Good that it is done and great that it went better than you expected. In our school we are moving away from formal evaluations and towards teacher as a self-directed learner program with coaching conversations.
March 24, 2022 at 11:41 pm
I am a teacher leader at my school. That means I teach half time and coach/evaluate half time. I HATE being observed. It makes me so, so, so stressed out. And they usually go fine. I got observed today too.