The Importance Of Teacher Performance Evaluation System

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Evaluation systems are used to ensure teachers are performing to the needs of their classroom: to motivate students toward academic success. In determining an instructor’s overall effectiveness, both personal and professional characteristics, as well as classroom management, is taken into consideration. According to the Teacher Performance Evaluation System Handbook, highly effective teachers “often serve as role models and/or teacher leaders” (Stronge 10). An educators influence on a student’s life remains throughout a child’s educational career. Much of a students social and academic development occurs throughout there transition from elementary school to middle school and from middle school to high school. During this thirteen-year period, …show more content…
According to David Schimmel, “…rule-making promotes mutual respect, cooperation, self-discipline and responsibility while also providing the structure and security students need”. An exemplary teacher will consider student input in discussing classroom procedures and will consistently practice and enforce them. Ninety percent of twenty high school students polled agreed that student achievement is affected by the learning environment (Guess). A person’s ability to think and comprehend complex ideas is determined by their surroundings. In no place is this more evident than in a classroom, which is why it is important to establish trust and cooperation amongst students. According to Concordia Education, students are more willing to learn when in a relaxed environment, defined by a clean classroom with artwork and wall decor. Moreover, classrooms should be decorated accordingly, in respect to the cultural and societal preferences of students, to maximize learning. Also, students could be divided into small groups based on their preferences, increases learning time while exposing students to new people. This is an example in which previously developing student profiles would benefit the teacher. Understanding a child’s academic preferences improves a teacher’s ability to “create a psychologically safe environment for every …show more content…
By definition, testing is a procedure used to measure student proficiency by questioning their knowledge. Teachers who “give constructive and frequent feedback to students on their learning” (Stronge 15), accumulate higher scores. It is a teacher’s responsibility to cover the material that will be tested, providing opportunities for students to ask questions and complete homework. Seventy-five percent of twenty high school students polled disagreed that “students are responsible for learning material on their own time” (Guess). To confirm these result, the same students were asked if student performance reflects on individual will and effort. Ninety percent of responders claimed an unbiased position, as the question was interpreted as having two meanings, one with which they agreed and another in which they did not (Guess). It can be argued that a portion of a student’s score is a reflection of their own will and effort. However, this is true only if a student(s) finds they need further explanation on a topic following the initial lecture, in which case they would seek help on their own time. As stated by Haertel in his memorial lecture series, “If teachers are teaching, students should learn and scores should go up” (4). By instructing students to set individual goals and providing them with means to monitor their progress, teachers are testing student liability. It is

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