According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 3.5 million people employed as teachers in K-12 schools. Each year these teachers must be evaluated to ensure they are providing a quality education to the students which will allow them to advance and eventually become productive citizens. There are a number of different methods administrators can use to evaluate these educators.
Administrators often use classroom observations as an evaluation method as this allows them to sit in on a class. During this observation, an administrator is able to see the type of rapport a teacher has with her students as well as whether or not her teaching methods are effective. It also ensures that the teacher is providing the curriculum according to the standards set by the school.
Educators can often improve their performance by conducting a self evaluation. This allows them to reflect on the things they think they did poorly and make a plan for improving them. During a self evaluation, administrators provide educators with the evaluation form for them to complete on their own time. After the form is complete, administrators meet with the teacher to discuss the evaluation and set goals to improve their performance in areas where they felt weak.
High schools and colleges often use reviews from students as a method to evaluate educators. These students have the opportunity to anonymously rank their instructors in different categories as well as provide additional comments about their effectiveness as a teacher. Some schools prefer not to use teacher evaluations since students might base their evaluation on whether or not a teacher’s class was easy or they enjoyed the subject rather than on a teacher’s performance. However when used with additional evaluation methods, student reviews can provide additional insight to the overall abilities and rapport of the instructor.
Educators generally work as a team as they are responsible collectively for educating the students that are enrolled at the school. Asking other teachers to provide a peer evaluation is a great way for administrators to learn which teachers may have problems working as a team or contributing when needed to benefit the school as a whole.