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Teacher Evaluation Made Easy (ish)

I don't know what it's like in your school district or state, but where I work, Teacher Evaluation has become quite a heavy burden.  It has become a full-time job proving your "teacher effectiveness."  Everything needs to be logged, tracked and data-driven!  Don't get me wrong...I am all for teacher effectiveness and believe that teacher's should be evaluated.  However, sometimes it seems we put the cart before the horse....or throw the baby out with the bath water (I can't remember which).  LOL!
I am great at planning lessons, organizing a fun and engaging learning environment, orchestrating reader's and writer's workshop and all of the other stuff that I knew I was signing up for as a teacher.  I am NOT good at proving my greatness.  By the end of the school year, I have forgotten all of the wonderful lessons and teaching strategies that I successfully implemented, every one-on-one intervention I've implemented for my strugglers, and I certainly don't remember all of the PD sessions, school events and meetings I've sat through.  This disorganization and memory lapse makes teacher evaluation STRESSFUL!  I wait until spring and then try to pull everything together at the last minute.  I'm not proud of that, but it's the truth.

I have been blessed the past few years with an administrator that wasn't super tight about wanting "proof" of effectiveness.  He walked through my classroom frequently and knows I am a good teacher and a hard worker.  However, he is retiring this month...Ugh.  It hit me pretty hard that it was time to get my stuff together and come up with a system for keeping track of my worth as a teacher, before the next principal gets on board, with possibly much higher expectations.

After speaking with a colleague and good friend of mine (in a holy shit, he's retiring session) we thought it would be a good idea to put together a binder of some kind to keep track of everything for teacher evaluation purposes.  I have learned in life that a well-organized binder can solve many, many problems (and just makes me feel good).

Sturdy Binder + Tidy Tabs + Adorable Cover = All is well with the world!!

This conversation inspired creation!!  I created a 7-tab binder and included some editable forms for keeping track of things like PD, community involvement, student interventions, feedback from parents, etc.  I also included some teacher reflection forms.  In our district we follow the Marzano model for teacher evaluation, so I focused the reflection pages on Domain 1:  Classroom Strategies & Behaviors (9 Design Questions & 40 areas for reflection).

Here are the tabs that are inside and examples of some of the forms:

Of course, this is all available at my TPT store.  I have made this a value at only $5 for over 50 pages.  You can find it here:

On another note....don't you LOVE Pinterest????  I am a huge pinner!  I pin everything from recipes to teacher resources to fashion inspirations.  I would love for you to follow my pinterest boards:

If you do, I will certainly follow you right back!!  Hope summer is off to a spectacular start!  As you can see my mind is still a bit jumbled with school stuff!!  A curse or a blessing?....The jury is out on that one!  Love and peace to you and thank you for popping in to see what's up!


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  2. Wow, Kathy! You have been very productive - I'm impressed. My first day of vacation is today so I'm still dazed and confused! Happy vacation!

  3. Thank you so much for the awesome resources!! They are great! I am in the same boat as you!