Doing Your Best on Evaluations
Before The Lesson Begins
Have everything ready to go when the evaluator walks in the door. It is important to get the students on task immediately. Use sponge activities which relate to prior learning, the subject matter, or the lesson of the day. Do not allow the students to sit without something to do. Remember “time on task”‘ Clear administrative directions are important. The evaluator will be looking for wasted time.
At The Beginning Of The Lesson
This is where you are going to tell them what you are going to tell them. Be sure to grab their attention using a focus or some other means. Tell them what you are going to do, how it is going to be done, and why the lesson is important. The evaluator wants to see you plan what you are going to do and do it.
Presenting The Content Of The Lesson
This is where you impart knowledge, or tell them. If you are going to lecture, do it now, but keep it short. The information presented should be clear and organized. Have an outline of objectives for yourself and the students. Put them on the chalkboard or overhead. Teach a concept and then provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge with hands-on work, either individually or in small groups.
Creating The Learning Environment
Have them all in their places with bright, shiny faces. Avoid sarcasm, negative criticism, or comments which would demean or embarrass. Even normal kidding could be taken the wrong way.
Working With Students During The Lesson
Question. Question. Question. Let them tell you what they have learned. Remember “Impact on Students.” Ask questions to ensure that the students are comprehending. Never ask a question that is above the student’s level. Vary the activities to keep students involved and interested. Actively include them in the lesson. Again, use the format of instruction followed by student activities. Make use of sponge activities. Make sure that all students are included in some way.
Monitoring Student Behavior
Walk. Walk. Walk. Watch for daydreaming. Redirect persistent off-task behavior. Stop inappropriate behavior. Reinforce desired behavior with praise for individuals and/or the class.
Ending The Class
Tell them what you told them. Close. Summarize. Finish. Review. Use the board for review. Teach until the end of class. Use a sponge activity to end the class.