I met with an assistant principal this morning for my mid-year review. (We're observed and evaluated every three years and this is my year.) Our Performance Assessment is broken into five categories: Planning & Assessment, Instructions, Learning Environment, Human Relations & Communication Skills, and Professionalism.We can be ranked as Does Not Meet, Meets, or Exceeds.
At this point in the year I have been marked Exceeds in two of the five categories, Human Relations & Communication Skills and in Professionalism. In thinking about this I'm not at all upset about not having Exceeds elsewhere. Instead, I'm actually concerned that we've set the bar in these two areas too low. It is too easy to Meet or Exceed in these areas.
Working with pre-service teachers for the last decade I have found that they almost always score higher on the professionalism and the communication categories than anywhere else. Is it really that the other parts of our job are really that difficult? Or do we not expect enough of teachers when it comes to professionalism?