Teacher Evaluation Stress - Laugh or Cry?!



Teacher evaluations are not what they used to be.  I remember just a few short years ago when we didn't get all terrified over the thought of an administrator evaluating our performance.   We were confident and prepared.  We had faith that our administrators were fully capable of spotting a good teacher when they saw one.  But this new evaluation system has made everyone crazy.  We have administrators who are no longer allowed to use their own expertise to evaluate our efforts.  We have veteran teachers crying for no reason and seeing therapists for the first time.  Our faculty is more medicated than a psych ward.  It's not because we are afraid that we are not worthy.  It's because the number of indicators that are expected of us in a lesson are insurmountable.  If we hit all those indicators in every lesson, every day, we'd never leave school and we'd never sleep for that matter!  Teachers (at least the ones that I know and love) are, by nature, perfectionists.  We want to be the best that we can be.  This new evaluation system is causing us to set unrealistic expectations of ourselves.  Therefore, we feel like failures and continue to try to live up to something that is physically and mentally impossible.  Some of us work endless hours trying to perfect this new system.  Others give up completely and becoming hopeless and unsatisfied with their once dream career.  Many of us are holding on, merely surviving, hoping for winds of change to blow as they seem to do every few years in education.  If ever teachers needed prayer in school, this would be the time.  Please take a moment of your time to pray for our nation's education system.
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Teacher Time Saver

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One of the biggest pet peeve's of many teachers is the infamous "no name" paper.  Tracking down the owner of these papers takes up valuable time that a teacher simply does not have.  My first four years of teaching was spent tweaking and re-tweaking my classroom procedures.  Although, students interrupting class to sharpen their pencils was high on my list of bothersome distractions to my teaching, ranked even higher was the time spent tracking down "no namers."  This year, I stumbled upon my ultimate time saver on Pinterest.  It has worked so well, that I rarely run across a paper without a name anymore.  



First of all, who doesn't love a highlighter?  My students absolutely jump at the chance to use their highlighters.  (as do many teachers  --- I know I do.)  Even though we are well into the second semester of school, the kids are still joyfully highlighting their names before turning in their work.