Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans KNOW THE DIFFERENCE With the implementation of T-TESS, it is important to know the difference in the components of instruction.  Many times educators are expected to write lesson plans that explain in detail the planning process and every aspect of the lesson cycle resulting in ten to sometimes twenty-page lesson plans.  It is …

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The No-Surprise Evaluation

The No-Surprise Evaluation It is no secret that education is filled with unknowns and variables that impact each school day. However, there is one place where there should be no surprises: your annual evaluation. Whether you are a para-professional, teacher, bus driver, custodian, or counselor, the end of the year evaluation should not be an …

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T-TESS: Pre-Conference

T-TESS: Pre-Conference How important is the pre-conference? The T-TESS Pre-Conference is just as important as the actual observation. The information gathered will be used to score all of Domain 1: Planning and parts of Domain 2: Instruction. It is imperative that you are well-versed in the criteria in all dimensions in the T-TESS Rubric. Know …

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T-TESS: Year End Conference

T-TESS: Year End Conference What is the T-TESS Year End Conference? The end-of-year conference is for teachers and appraisers to review the information collected throughout the year, summarize the current year, and prepare for the next year. It is important to note that you are an active participant in this process. Be prepared to review, …

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T-TESS: Measuring Student Growth

T-TESS: Measuring Student Growth The T-TESS evaluation system for teachers is based on a continuous growth model. Growth includes both teacher and student. Each annual evaluation monitors how the teacher grows professionally as a well as how much the student learns throughout the year. Although teachers have been setting goals since the start of the …

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Doing Your Best on Evaluations

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 …

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