As the new school year approaches, many principals around the country will be implementing a new teacher evaluation instrument. As you visit teacher classrooms looking for specific indicators, I encourage you to ask the simple question, “So What?” These two words can cause you to go beyond the surface and get a deeper understanding of what is really taking place in any classroom.
So what if you recently joined twitter! Show me how an article or a stream of conversations led to implementation resulting in higher student achievement.
So what if you implemented Edmodo! Show me evidence where an unmotivated student became engaged in collaboration resulting in student understanding.
So what if you give formative assessments! The status quo give frequent formative assessments. Show me, through evidence, that you used the results to adjust and guide instructional decisions as well as relentlessly followed up to ensure all students reached mastery.
So what if you plan and prepare every lesson! Even the status quo regularly plans and prepares for every class period. Prove to me you design highly relevant lessons that will motivate all students and sweep them up in active learning.
So what if you give a number or letter (grade) to a student! Even the status quo gives timely grades. Provide evidence of ongoing, descriptive feedback that goes beyond a number or letter.
So what if you listen and respond to active parents who have strong opinions on the issues that particularly affect their children! Even the status quo communicates with involved parents. Show me how you find ways to hear the voices of those students who do not have strong parent advocates.
I could go on and on and on….
So… What could you add to this list?