Category: Teacher Evaluations

Selecting the Best Novels to Teach ~ Teacher Evaluations Part 6

Selecting the Best Novels for Upper Elementary Students

Teacher Evaluations

EeI When I first created this blog, I wrote a series of posts on teacher evaluations.

I retired three years ago. Since then, I have shared a teaching position with another retired teacher. The only evaluations we must go through are the short 10-15 minute walk-throughs. Because of this, I no longer must fill out the detailed forms. Today, I ran across the forms I had typed out during my last full evaluation. While reading through the forms, I found several bits of information I thought would help teachers, so I am adding it to the “Teacher Evaluation Series.” Continue Reading

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A Teacher’s Guide to Higher Level Questions

This free staggered flip organizer can be added to the inside of your plan or grade book for quick easy access to higher level questions.

This organizer provides a quick reference for teachers to come up with higher level questions on the fly. The staggered flip organizer is divided into five areas teachers use in reading class. The organizer includes inference, main idea, summarizing, compare and contrast, and problem/solution questions.

TEAM Evaluations

With every TEAM evaluation, evaluators must find an area of weakness. Teachers must then come up with an action plan for improving this area. During one evaluation, my area of weakness was I needed to use a greater variety of questions during classroom instruction. Continue Reading

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Student Portfolios ~ Teacher Evaluations Part 5

Student Grades

Student Portfolios

When teachers read this statement, “Portfolio-based with clear illustrations of student progress toward state content standards,” from the list of requirements on the teacher evaluation rubric, I repeatedly heard teachers say they would just take a mark down in this area. There was no way they could create individual portfolios for their students.

While inwardly I cringed, I knew I couldn’t purposely skip over a required component. Instead, I thought, “What is the easiest most effective way to create portfolios for my students?” Continue Reading

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Sound Devices ~~ Alliteration, Rhyme, and Onomatopoeia

Rhyme and Alliteration PowerPoint


Sound Devices ~~ Alliteration, Rhyme, and Onomatopoeia

As I was looking through some lesson plans to decide what to share in this post, I came across two lesson plans I had created for my 2012/2013 school year observations. Since I wasn’t sure which class the observation would take place, I planned lessons for an entire day. I am including materials from my fourth grade language arts lesson “Alliteration and Rhyme” and my fifth grade language arts lesson “Onomatopoeia and Alliteration.” You will notice that both lessons have many of the same activities. I often planned for unannounced observations this way, as it was so much less time consuming. Also, these lessons are based on the Tennessee Student Performance Indicators (SPIs). Since the PowerPoint presentations are not locked, you can easily change the pages to your state standards or to the Common Core Standards. Continue Reading

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Questioning Students ~ Teacher Evaluations Part 4

Method for Calling on Students

Calling on Students

Questioning Students

Questioning students is an important part of the evaluation lesson. Not only must teachers ask questions from all levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, but they must also call on both volunteers and non-volunteers. On top of this, the non-volunteers must represent a random mix of students. BOY! What a lot to remember when you are nervous with two evaluators writing down everything you do and say! I devised this simple, yet effective, way for randomly calling on non-volunteers. Continue Reading

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Display Board ~ Teacher Evaluations Part 3

Displaying Standards for an Evaluation Lesson

Displaying Standards in the Classroom

The TEAM evaluation process requires teachers to post teaching standards, as well as essential questions, lesson goals, and vocabulary. I found that for observations, this type of display board is essential.

Display Board

This was created using a display board like the ones used for science fairs. I purchased ordinary curtain hooks from Wal-Mart. To create hangers, punch the curtain hooks through the board keeping the sharp pointed end between the layers of the corrugated cardboard of the display board. Page protectors easily slide onto the curtain hooks. Inside the page protectors, lesson essentials may be displayed such as standards and lesson goals. Notice the right side of the board has a vocabulary pocket chart. Continue Reading

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Displaying Student Work ~ Teacher Evaluations Part 2

Get Top Marks on your Teacher Evaluation by Using the Method to Display Student Work

Displaying Student Work

One component of our teacher evaluation is displaying current student work. I actually heard one evaluator say that she looks at student work to see in the edges are curled up. This was a sign the page had been displayed for a while. Another teacher said she was marked down because she displayed student work out in the hallway in place of all over her classroom. 

This simple idea helped me achieve top marks in this area. Continue Reading

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