An archived stack of papers: 'evaluation'

End-Of-Year Survey

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Jun
  • 08
  • 2007

Are you giving one to your students? What are you asking them? Have you ever given one? Why did you start/stop giving end-of-year surveys? Do you see any value in them? Have they ever helped you? Should this be done at the semester instead of end of the year?

Student opinion should have something to do with teacher evaluation. Not necessarily used to hire or fire a teacher (as teacher rating Web... read more

More Reauthorization Thoughts

In a stack of papers called Legislation.

  • Feb
  • 16
  • 2007

I just finished a conversation with a friend and colleague about the ESEA/NCLB suggested changes I wrote about yesterday. Why aren’t things ever easy? There are good ideas there and this is a push in the right direction, but there are far too many problems to just roll over on this one. Similarly, there are too many improvements this could make to accept none of it.

Ultimately, the trouble... read more

On Switching Comment Style

In a stack of papers called Grading.

  • Mar
  • 08
  • 2006

It’s amazing what the internet can do.

Last night, facing 60 papers to grade, I was about 3/4 of the way finished when I read a post over at Blog of Proximal Development. Thanks again to Cassandra for pointing that out to me. I’ve been to BPD before, but I haven’t been keeping up with my blog reading... read more

Evaluation Reform: Part Three – Administrative Voices?

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Jul
  • 12
  • 2005

Teachers in my school district are currently evaluated by a bi-annual visit from an administrator (principals and the like). Every 2 years, an administrator spends 53 minutes in my classroom, taking notes on what happens during that time. That 53-minute period, that solitary visit to my classroom on a day and time that I know about well in advance is supposed to be some type of record of how effective I... read more

Evaluation Reform: Part Two – Teacher Voices

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Jul
  • 12
  • 2005

It’s been suggested that there is a struggle to create “objective, articulable standards” [sic] for teacher evaluation. It’s further been suggested that teachers be evaluated based on subjective standards, in the absence of those “articulable standards.” I, for one, certainly don’t want to be... read more

Evaluation Reform: Part One – Student Voices

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Jul
  • 12
  • 2005

In the spirit of full disclosure, I have been a high school English teacher for 7 years and co-chair of the English department for 4 years.

After reading Virginia Postrel’s claim that teacher achievement of any objective standards be determined by a “boss’s professional evaluation,” Gary Bloom wrote that,... read more

Using Blogs to Post Student Evaluation

In a stack of papers called Technology.

  • May
  • 24
  • 2005

Something hit me today while thinking about all the little WordPress functions that I never use when writing an entry or creating a category.

If I create a category called “classes” and then create a category called “period 4” with “classes” as a parent category, “period 4” exists within... read more