Your input is timely. I am being evaluated this year and have been on
pins and needles. Yesterday I had my first observation-6th grade
introducing an Aboriginal Art Unit. Once I got started, I was able to
just be me. Hopefully, that will make the others easier--- I will have
four people visiting three times each (I teach 6-12 so have two division
administrators) between now and Thanksgiving! You sharing your
experience made me laugh and put the whole thing in perspective.
From: PrimaryE@aol.com [mailto:PrimaryE@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2003 2:54 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Evaluting art teachers
When I taught high school I found that it was requested of me to make a
formal presentation which included art history, introducing a lesson,
showing how to do it, and getting the students started on the new
lesson. I tried having the administrator who was observing me watch
when we were into at least day 2 of an assignment when I did what I do
most of the time. That's to go from one child to the next and help them
and also bring things to the class's attention that come up at the
moment that would be helpful. I never felt that the observer got a true
picture of what I do day in and day out.
I can't leave without telling you about one observation I had that was
pretty funny...well I'm being kind when I say funny. I was observed. I
was introducing graphic terms to a printmaking class. The lesson was
set up as a review for the kids and a formal presentation for the
observer. I showed examples of etchings and/or wooodcuts...can't
remember which. I showed all the tools. The students started their
sketches. Anyway, at the end, he said to me...that was an interesting
painting lesson you gave. I realized he had no idea what I was talking
about and further had not listened to a word I said. lol. So be it
for observations. (In all fairness, he wound up in the hospital a few
days later. Maybe his mind was on other things.)
Another time an administrator suggested, after an observation, that I
should have given out a handout and had the students read it outloud.
The next time he observed me I used a handout. In my evaluation he
wrote that I shouldn't have used a handout.
We all know if we are good teachers. Actually the best advice I can
give is try to relax and be yourself during an observation.
In a message dated 10/29/03 5:10:05 PM Eastern Standard Time,