Evaluating Teachers -Schools are opening up. Unlike the typical hustle, where teachers build routines and classes understand their expectations, students and teachers adapt to the new normal regarding distance learning.
Distance learning continues to dominate conversations about how students learn and how teachers will prepare and deliver their lessons, with parents’ concerns about how much their children will learn this year.
Even though there are lovely and informative resources like School and Childcare Program (Plan, Prepare & Respond) and IDEA’s Continuity of Learning During COVID-10, administrators will soon focus on evaluating teachers effectively distance learning era.
Their focus leads us to a fundamental question. This question will help frame what was once distinctive between formative and summative evaluation.
Before we can even answer what to look for, we must identify the essential components of what every teacher must do daily.
Professional Knowledge: Teachers must understand students’ curriculum, subject content, and developmental needs by providing digital and in-person learning experiences.
Instructional Planning: Using the division’s curriculum, pacing guides, and aligning them to the state’s standards to develop effective strategies that tap into resources and data to meet the needs of all students.
Instructional Delivery: Student-centered activities through various instructional strategies to meet individual learning needs and modalities in which they learn.
Assessing Student Mastery: Utilizing summative and formative assessments where all data measures student academic progress by guiding instruction and delivery methods that provide timely feedback to students and families throughout the school year.
Learning Environment: Regardless of where lessons are taught, educators use resources, routines, and procedures to provide a respectful, positive, safe, student-centered environment conducive to learning.
Professionalism: Providing a commitment to professional ethics, where parents, teachers, and students communicate effectively. It’s here where the educator takes responsibility for participating in professional growth that enhances student learning.
Student Academic Progress: Seeing overall growth in every student resulting from the teacher’s effort to refine and improve their delivery and engagement continually.
These seven areas are the cornerstone of fundamental teaching and serve as the pillars for maximizing students’ potential.
But what would it look like if we included a digital component?
We need to include critical facets such as frequently communicating, providing additional resources, verifying all children have accessibility, strengthening structures embedded for lessons online and offline, and having a frequently asked questions list updated continuously.
It’s not as hard as one would think to integrate the two realms, but we do have to know where the technological pieces fit within which pillar.
This checklist you can download brings it all together and shows how to engage and work smarter while including the vital elements.
Putting these together makes sense. It brings evolution to education, and I hope helps change the way you see teaching and learning.
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