Saturday, March 13, 2010

"Teacher Effectiveness" & Self-Assessment

I don't think you can assess teacher effectiveness through students' test scores.  Standardized state tests  assess student effectiveness --- at taking tests. 

Alternatively, I would like "teacher effectiveness" to be a reflection of my ability to:

  • Cultivate safe classrooms (physically, emotionally, intellectually)
  • Advise and mentor individual and groups of students
  • [Re-]organize curricula to meet students' interests
  • Vary instruction and assessment to address students' needs
  • Communicate with colleagues, families, school partners
  • Design professional development that enriches the above criteria
  If you could design the criteria for your own "teacher effectiveness," what would it look like?

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