“The greatest sign of success for a teacher…is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist’.” –Maria Montessori
No teacher likes to hear the word evaluation. I think that it evokes the same feeling of dread our students get when we start talking about the state mandated tests. They don’t like the tests; we don’t like being evaluated. I’m no different. I’m not teaching anymore, but I still have to be evaluated. Otherwise, how would my district know if I am doing my job or not? For today’s part of my blog challenge, I am supposed to write about one area of my teacher evaluation in which I would like to improve. Well, I am new to this instructional technology coaching thing, and I am not really sure on what I will be evaluated. I guess it’s like being a teacher, and I am evaluated on my performance. Performance as an instructional tech coach is different, I suppose. I don’t do lesson plans although I do have to work with my colleague who handles the elementary schools in our district to devise a training plan for the schools. I don’t have an assigned duty – thank goodness. I don’t have to worry about a rigorous or academically challenging learning environment, so what do I have to focus on for self- improvement or even professional improvement for that matter? It all comes down to how well I convey the information so that the teachers can expose their students to that whole big world out there. It’s possible through the wonders of the Internet and technology. Lest I jinx myself and work myself out of a job, I dare say I want them to be able to work without me. However, that’s kind of what teachers do. We teach our kids so that they can do for themselves without us. We are preparing them for the world beyond the classroom.
Since I am starting from scratch, so to speak, I think I should focus on how many presentations I do that are not tied to training teachers in the school setting. The bulk of my job is to go into the schools and train teachers. I can do that. What I would like to do more of is outside of the school professional development. I would like to present at conferences and do online collaborations and training sessions. I also think there is opportunity to do some digital citizenship training sessions for parents. Some of them have absolutely no idea what their children are doing while online. They need to know. Seriously.
I guess I should make a plan. In the next couple of weeks, I will be presenting at a local technology drive in conference. I have also applied to present at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference; hopefully, my co-worker and I will be selected. In my mind, I can see myself presenting at ISTE in Philadelphia next year. On what, I have no idea. I just want to do it. I also want to run up the steps that Rocky Balboa ran up in all of the Rocky movies. Perhaps I will get lucky and in shape and do both.
Until tomorrow. This is impressive. I have written for three days. I think I can do this twenty-seven more times.