Day 3: Discuss one “observation” area that you would like to improve on for your teacher evaluation.
I am not feeling inspired to write today, but I guess that’s what the “challenge” is all about. I am hitting some road blocks with some of my classes, and the end to our first session (and their Writing Proficiency assessment) is approaching in a couple weeks, with some other district-wide testing and culture building days eating up instructional time in the middle. Needless to say, I’m learning a different pace of instruction through trial-by-fire. It’s all good, though.
An observation area I would like to improve on is definitely getting my students to drive the lesson instead of the teacher. In Colorado, moving from “Proficient” to “Accomplished” is all in what they students are doing, instead of what the teacher is doing. I know this is a hard thing to do, but I am interested in getting there. A place I plan to start is with the Socratic Seminar. I’ve been researching it, and am excited to try it out. I hope to do that during our next session, as I am teaching Night by Elie Weisel. I think it will be a good piece of writing to get into, as I’ve never taught it before.
What are your eval improvement goals, teachers?