I have been involved in evaluation for the past two weeks; first, I asked my methodology students to start searching for a class to perform a teacher evaluation and check what methods and/or approaches he or she is implementing. Second, I was asked to perform one in this school I am working due to all the free time I experienced during the Enlace test.
So, I had the trouble of knowing what I had to evaluate. Obviously, I went on-line to find useful and interesting articles on which to base the evaluation, I found a book on Google Academic named An Introduction to Classroom Observation by E. C. Wragg, it seems really appealing, though I cannot read it because of copyright. Nevertheless, I could find several web pages to have a wide idea of what an evaluation form and feedback may be.
What most articles mention is that the evaluator has to be honest and specific with the feedback but every time he has to be respectful and polite. The evaluator also has to bear in mind that the evaluation may be used for several purposes which may include: awards, raises, promotions or even the continuity of the teacher’s contract.
Being said that the evaluation has to be honest, offer suggestions, describe specific situations of the class for improvement besides, it also must be nice and respectful.
From the teacher perspective, the evaluation has to offer a wide variety of self-improvement as well as suggestions to fix those unnoticed errors made by himself or herself. The teacher community must feel comfortable and safe of school evaluations as they are a great means for innovation overall. Besides, it is not the same to be evaluated by a similar or peer than by an outsider from the educational field.
Finally, I hope my peers and I find an excellent means for recognition and self awareness of our teaching styles to offer a much better experience for our students as to our own persona.