Now - I made that sound totally easy, right? You're 100% on board and willing to do anything I say, correct? HA! If you're anything like me, your evaluation rolls around and you freak (even if it's only temporarily)! I don't believe in putting on a "horse-and-pony-show" just because I'm being evaluated, but I do what to show that I know what's up. Then this year, my administrator threw a curve ball at me. During the pre-evaluation meeting he wanted me to "prove" that I contribute to our staff and that I continue to grow as a professional. Hmmm... What did that mean exactly? I do each of these things, but how could I "prove" this??
Yep - this is where I panicked a bit. I mean - come on - what did he want?!? I probably should have asked what he was looking for, but I didn't want to come across as someone who was clueless. So then I ended up spending maybe 20 minutes throwing this together...
You can click on the photo above to see the pdf file that I truly printed out.
As you'll notice, I tried to keep it to the point. I kept it to just one page, and I included a few photos to really "show" what I've been doing that I'm proud of in the classroom. So this sheet of paper, my standards checklist, family communication log, and then the official evaluation documentation were what I included for my pre-evaluation conference.
Things went off without a hitch! My administrator said he realized that I served on various committees and that I'm a professional, but even he was impressed by all of the things I've done to help my school and to grow in the profession. So I guess all of my panic was for nothing!
I wanted to share this post with you so maybe you'll find inspiration if this situation ever happens to you! Hopefully my example will be helpful.
How do you get ready for an evaluation?