I am about to have my last observation tomorrow. A few weeks ago I caught myself doing some math that made me feel ill. I was using the state formula to see what it would take for me to recover from a poor& punitive observation at the start of the year.
I was actually calculating what score I needed on my observation to be considered an “efficient” educator. Based on that vile formula, I need to be awesome or be “partially efficient” so I decided to go big or go home! No dog and pony show, just a riskier lesson, more potential for problems. More potential for awesomeness!
From excellent rating and TOY to partially efficient in just 1 year? What did I do? The truth is nothing. I had an off day and a tough start to the year in finding a level where I can meet my kids. It was early in the year and I got ripped apart for not being my typical awesome self.
I just can’t help but feel some stress for tomorrow. But, ever time I feel that way I remind myself how I have always measured success: Are my kids learning? Are the taking that learning home with them? Am I making a positive impact on their lives? Do kids want to be in my class? Do my kids still ask questions and love learning?
I am not trying to start the evaluation debate, I know there is value when done properly. But, how I evaluate myself should be most important in how I measure effectiveness.