Teacher Evaluations never stop.
Last week, we had a Principal's Evaluation, during which our District Superintendent popped into my room; this week is our Quality Review (School Evaluation); and my unannounced Teacher Observation--one of 4 each year--has been awaited for a month.
I've been honing my Level 4 indicators since day one:
- All the kids are obviously engaged in the lesson.
- Kids’ questions and comments show a deep understanding, and enthusiasm for the lesson.
- Kids ask higher-order questions of each other, and can carry on a conversation without the teacher’s intervention.
- Kids show appreciation for other kids’ work and ideas.
- Kids help each other to be successful in discussions and group work, and involve them in the lesson.
- Kids take the initiative to move chairs and tables, or to find and use classroom resources, as necessary.
- Kids modify a learning task to make it more meaningful or relevant to their own needs.
- Kids take the initiative in improving their own work.
- Kids share their work with classmates, and give each other high-quality feedback.
...and kids take a resource book from a basket, then sprawl out in a cozy spot on the floor to find a passage that will help them complete their assignment--and share it with a friend.
...and kids ask me mid-mini-lesson, "Can we search the internet for an image of that?"
I'm loving it, and I'm sharing my love of their high-level, level 4 sophistication, with the kids themselves! Because for me, the most important level 4 indicator is creating a class atmosphere of respect and rapport.
For tons more tips for your perfect lesson, and best observation and teacher evaluation possible, please take a look this guide.