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|Cover Story by Alfie Kohn|
|Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated: The (Troubling) Theory and Practice of Control from Within|
|To inquire into what underlies the idea of self-discipline is to uncover serious misconceptions about motivation and personality, controversial assumptions about human nature, and disturbing implications regarding how things are arranged in a classroom or a society.|
|Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching|
|To Be an Effective Teacher|
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|»||Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman|
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|»||Global Travel GuruJosette Bonafino|
|»||Teacher Study Groups: Taking the “Risk” out of “At-Risk”Bill Page|
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|»||Finding Free Art Materials in Your CommunityMarilyn J. Brackney|
|»||The Downside of Good Test ScoresAlan Haskvitz|
|»||February 2009 Writing PromptsJames Wayne|
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|»||Using Photographs To Inspire Writing IVHank Kellner|
|»||Teacher Performance AssessmentPanamalai R. Guruprasad|
|»||How To Help Victims Of Bullying: Advice For Parents & EducatorsKathy Noll|
|»||Unwilling Student Meets Unwavering Teacher Lauren Romano|
|»||Notes from The JungleJohn Price|
|»||Lead the Class - Teachers as Leaders John Sweeting|
|»||Opposing Views of a Post-Racial SocietyRoland Laird|
|»||Who Really Needs Four Years of Math and Science? Steve A. Davidson|
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Teacher Performance Assessment
The quality of classroom processes is a function of how effectively a teacher guides his/her class, and the goal of teacher evaluation should be to improve classroom processes. A simple Teacher Performance Appraisal Form designed by the author is a means toward that goal.
|by Panamalai R. Guruprasad
Regular contributor to the Gazette
February 1, 2009
Nine years back, Education NGOs and Ministries of Education from 164 countries met in Dakar, Senegal, committing to expand educational opportunities for all children by 2015 and agreeing on the following goals:
With almost two thirds of the target time having passed since the Dakar summit in 2000, there is a lot more to do to achieve the 6 goals, out of which 3 specifically state `quality' as an important element. Major constraints experienced by developing countries in achieving the goals seem to be broad, and include causative factors such as insufficient budget allocation, shortage of well qualified teachers and lack of effective in-service teacher development opportunities.
I think that one of the best indicators of where we stand, as seen from the Dakar point of view, is a measure of how effective and child friendly are classroom processes. As all readers of this article would probably agree, quality of classroom processes is a function of how effectively a teacher guides his/her class.
Although there are numerous strategies and tools used to assess teacher performance in classrooms and redress the issues, many of these are not convenient enough to be used in today's classrooms, due to reasons such as large TPR (Teacher Pupil Ratio), shortage of trained professionals with specific inspection and monitoring skills etc. With such logistic difficulties in mind, I developed a simple Teacher Performance Appraisal Form that can be used in schools.
This format, as shown below, incorporates a wide range of attributes that are central to classroom processes (with teacher being viewed as catalyst of change) and can effectively be used on a regular basis. As in the case of most educational administration documents, the main aim of TPA is to bring about improvement in classroom processes and thereby contribute to quality enhancement.
TEACHER PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL FORM
Teacher’s name : ___________________________
Class handled : ____________________________
Subject specialization: ____________________
Subject handled: ___________________________
4 Very good
Total score: ______ [* These can be filled in the light of both classroom processes and the respective documents]. Strong points about the teacher: Issues that require improvement: Suggestions for improvement: Date: Signature of Academic Supervisor/Mentor: Signature of Principal/Deputy Principal with his comments/suggestions: Signature of Inspecting Officer (from District/Regional Department of Education etc) with his comments/suggestions: Teacher’s feedback and signature:
Total score: ______
[* These can be filled in the light of both classroom processes and the respective documents].
Strong points about the teacher:
Issues that require improvement:
Suggestions for improvement:
Signature of Academic Supervisor/Mentor:
Signature of Principal/Deputy Principal with his comments/suggestions:
Signature of Inspecting Officer (from District/Regional Department of Education etc) with his comments/suggestions:
Teacher’s feedback and signature:
I and my colleagues have been using the form to compare the performance of any teacher over a certain period of time or to compare performances of different teachers at any instant of time.
Besides this format, that is applicable to classrooms in general, I have had the pleasure of developing tools for use in diverse classroom situations.
TPA Form can help school systems to gear up their teacher development programs and achieve EFA within their communities at least, earlier than 2015.
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