So, it is the beginning of the year. Evaluation planning begins now.
At the beginning of the school year, we are simply not thinking about evaluation. We are thinking about schedules, timelines, ordering materials, processing materials, planning book fairs and literacy initiatives, technology access, library orientation, collaborative lessons.... Did you notice what just happened? We disappeared into the avalanche of our duties, not how those duties will be evaluated. However, this is the perfect time to begin thinking about the evaluation process. Begin with research.
1. Setting the Stage for Success.
Next, don't just put your employee handbook on the shelf in your office. Read it, cover to cover. Highlight those passages that apply directly to your job role. These passages may have bearing on your conversations about your evaluation later.
Lastly, ask who will be evaluating you, when you will be evaluated, how and when, and if the evaluation rubric for your job role is the only instrument used in your evaluation. Make note of the evaluation timeline on your calendar, put it into any electronic calendars that you use and set reminders of deadlines. If you could not find a copy, now is the time to ask for a copy of the evaluation rubric.