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What Makes a Good Teacher?

Currently I am an elementary school teacher in a large urban school district that undergoes constant reforms and changes. With all of the curriculum changes and education reforms in place the, I feel that teachers are left out. It is apart of my quest to understand what makes a teacher for lack of better words good or bad. There is a lot of conversation about what schools should look like and what students should know, but there should also be discussion on how to help those that are delivering the instruction.

Types of Teacher Evaluation
http://www.vtaide.com/png/ERIC/Evaluation-of-Teachers.htm
This article was prepared and published but not endorsed by the Office of Educational Research and the United States Department of Education. It explains the types of teacher evaluation that teachers should be prepared for.


Various takes on teacher evaluation

http://www.publicimpact.com/publications/PublicImpact-How_Should_States_Define_Teacher_Effectiveness.pdf

Newsweek cover article Getting Rid of Bad Teacher

This is an article that I found about Peer Teacher Evaluation in Toledo Teacher Review in which the author describes how the teachers in Toledo evaluate each other.

This is an teacher evaluation form submitted and used by Kim Marshall, I am currenlty seeking more information on the author.
http://www.elmle.org/2009Resources/marshall/revised%20rubrics.pdf

This is an article found by Dr. Clark that was in the New York Times that the author, Elizabeth Green discusses how to build a better teacher.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/magazine/07Teachers-t.html


Teacher Evaluation Authors
In this video, Charlotte Danielson discusses the four key domains that she has adapted in her twenty-two components of Essential Teaching. She is the author of Enhancing Professional Practice a Framework for Teaching
http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Authors/Charlotte_Danielson.aspx?id=30981306001&nvid=a2b1

Books on Teacher Evaluation
Teacher Evaluation: To Enhance Professional Practice
Teacher Evaluation: To Enhance Professional Practice
Respond to the call for higher standards and greater accountability with a teacher evaluation system that focuses on student outcomes and supports the mission of your school. This book presents a clear road map to an effective teacher evaluation system that combines quality assurance with professional development. Through concrete examples, useful forms, and assessment tools, the authors provide you with:

Standards for ensuring acceptable performance;Techniques and procedures for assessing all aspects of teaching;Guidelines for making consistent judgments about performance based on evidence; and A system design for evaluating beginning teachers, tenured faculty, and teachers needing intensive assistance.
Learn how to create an evaluation procedure that supports a professional dialogue about students without radically restructuring your school.

Product Details
Product Details
In this important book, education expert Kim Marshall shows how to break away from the typical and often ineffective evaluation approaches in which principals use infrequent classroom visits or rely on standardized test scores to assess a teacher's performance. Marshall proposes a broader framework for supervision and evaluation that enlists teachers in improving the performance of all students.
Emphasizing trust-building and teamwork, Marshall's innovative, four-part framework shifts the focus from periodically evaluating teaching to continuously analyzing learning. This book offers school principals a guide for implementing Marshall's framework and shows how to make frequent, informal classroom visits followed by candid feedback to each teacher; work with teacher teams to plan thoughtful curriculum units rather than focusing on individual lessons; get teachers as teams involved in low-stakes analysis of interim assessment results to fine-tune their teaching and help struggling students; and use compact rubrics for summative teacher evaluation.
This vital resource also includes extensive tools and advice for managing time as well as ideas for using supervision and evaluation practices to foster teacher professional development.
Teacher supervision and evaluation practices can serve as powerful levers for improving teaching, but few school leaders know how to go about implementing practices that are fair and constructive. This book introduces a principles-based framework for supervising teachers and evaluating their performance for achieving optimal results. This approach does not make test results part of the teacher's evaluation. Instead, it encourages teachers to focus on student learning and test results in ways that are candid, honest, and productive. This is an invaluable aid for principals, instructional leaders, and teacher coaches.



Videos
Michelle Rhee on overhauling teacher evaluation systems


Articles & Videos on Kinds of Teacher Evaluation
Teacher Reform, what should we do with bad teachers? Fire them!! This article discusses this idea from Arne Duncan and President Obama. This includes video of their ideas.

Websites
This school year, my principal is using the classroom walkthrough based on the ideas presented by Teachscape.
http://www.teachscape.com/html/ts/nps/classroom_walkthrough.html