Key Considerations About In-Class Observation For Evaluations

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If you've recently taken over as the head of administration of a local educational institution, one of the things that you should consider is doing a thorough evaluation of all of the teaching staff. One of the best ways to do this is through in-class observation. Unfortunately, these programs are only reliable when they are done properly. Here are a few things you should know about classroom observations as a means for evaluating your teachers.

It Gives You Information Standard Evaluations Will Not

One of the reasons many administrators enjoy the in-class evaluation is because it offers a perspective that cannot be obtained any other way. For example, it allows a colleague to see first-hand how the teacher interacts with the students. It becomes immediately clear whether or not the teacher has a solid rapport with the students, whether or not there's a reasonable level of control in the classroom, and more.

In addition, in-class evaluation is the only way to see a teacher's methods and approach clearly. You can see how the students respond to the teacher's level of engagement, and determine how effective he or she is at drawing the students in.

It Provides Immediate Feedback

When you have someone sit in for an in-class observation, the evaluator can provide feedback the same day. It won't require research or any other time-delaying steps. This is important because any teachers that need to make changes can find out right away what is necessary. In addition, positive reinforcement can be provided right away to help encourage those teachers who are doing things well.

It Must Be Impartial

When you choose evaluators, they must be impartial to those teachers that they are evaluating. When possible, consider using outside evaluation staff, that way you don't have to worry about any in-office politics affecting the evaluation. After all, if there are personal disagreements between the teacher and the evaluator, you're not going to get an objective assessment.

Similarly, in order for the evaluation to be truly impartial, it must not be announced in advance. Don't provide the teacher being evaluated with an opportunity to prepare for it, because they could alter their lesson plans, change their teaching methods, or even ask the students to respond in certain ways to put on a good "show" for the evaluator. Make them spontaneous for the teachers so that they cannot control the outcome in any way other than by teaching the way that they do.


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