Thursday, January 19, 2012


I'm being evaluated today.  And, yes I'm nervous.  All the work I wanted to do yesterday to prep was squashed by unexpected events and necessary meetings that ran too long.  Nevertheless, I'll be ready as a scheduled evaluation is a chance to shine.

First, I'll scurry and clean.  Like hosting a dinner party, I want my evaluator to enter a room that's sparkling.  It's a good time to have students organize and clean desks too.

Next, I'll review the handouts, website, YouTube videos and process during my planning period.

After that, I'll create a little "cheat sheet" of optimal lesson order:
  • Lesson Frame: "This is what you'll learn, how you'll learn it and behavior expectations--the behaviors that will help you learn this lesson well." (2 minutes)
  • The Hook: Question, YouTube video, short discussion, charting. (8minutes)
  • Process: Action list. (2 minutes)
  • Engagement: Student creation, exploration, writing. (25 minutes)
  • Wrap-up: Clean-up, meet, share. (10 minutes)
Students will leave with next steps, links and optional at-home activities to further their learning. 

Keep your fingers crossed that there's no tech glitch, but if there is, I'll have a back-up activity ready!

A scheduled evaluation is your chance to shine. Did I miss anything?