How Should We Evaluate Teachers?6 Comments
We talk a lot about effective teachers on this site and in the national education conversation. However, this begs the question: how can effective teaching truly be identified? What makes an "effective" teacher? How should teachers be evaluated?
Dennis Van Roekel, President of the NEA, recently talked to John Merrow about his ideas, which include an evaluation of a teacher's professional practice along with student learning and academic gains. As many school districts across the country are facing budget cuts and layoffs this year, teacher evaluation takes on new importance. Their conversation is available via podcast on Merrow's blog--we encourage you to listen.
What are your thoughts on teacher evaluation? How do you think effective teaching should be measured?