Observation and Evaluation

Reflecting on my time in the classroom, as a school administrator, as a district administrator, and now on the corporate side of education; this little note I wrote myself about 6 years ago serves as a great reminder.

It’s difficult to evaluate someone on techniques you’ve seen, but never done.

It’s equally difficult to judge techniques you’ve done, but never seen.

It’s difficult to do either of these if you’ve never read the protocol, studied, or done the research.

Keep all of these things in mind the next time you are planning, collaborating, teaching, observing, giving feedback, or reflecting. Without all three facets complete by both parties, neither has come to the table fully prepared for the endeavor and it is likely that neither will leave satisfied.