Saturday, March 9, 2013
Preparing for My Evaluation
Next week, my assessing administrator will conduct my formal observation using Marzano and company's Teacher Evaluation Framework. She will observe my second period class. The administrator will tally my performance across several design questions.
Friday afternoon I met with my administrator to review my plans for next week and to talk about my class. To prepare for the planning conference teachers I completed an "Art and Science of Teaching Teacher Evaluation Framework Planning Conference Structured Interview Form B." I spent several hours preparing and writing my response even though I've had colleagues tell me that they go to their conferences without submitting any writing ahead of time.
I believe the time I invest reflecting and writing about my work pays off in practice. I learn. I learn by having conversations about my practice too--one option for these conferences is to attend and talk, you don't necessarily have to have anything written down ahead of time. You don't have to prepare for a job interview either.
By writing and submitting my thinking prior to meeting with my administrator, I accomplish two things. I prepare myself and my administrator. I give my administrator a document from which to pull examples and resources --they must complete their own forms during the interview after all. Their interview is even timed on the computer. They have to start the clock in the system when we arrive and stop it once we finish. My conference lasted 40 minutes and change in seconds.
I view the conference and the shared writing as a teachable moment. My administrator may not have ever been an English teacher. He or she may know a lot about leadership and budgets and buildings and school law, but they may know very little about a workshop classroom or about effective literacy instruction that weaves together language arts strands.
Here is what I submitted to my administrator: