Not every state uses the same statistical tracking or effective tools, but every state can tell if a teacher is effective by using those tools. Get to know and embrace your numbers, your data and your students data. If you have EVAAS and the data is showing you that you are an ineffective teacher, I want you to do three things before reaching out:
- Write out your numbers and the trend (how many years teaching, who are you most effective with, etc.)
- What does that information really mean to you, curse if you have to, spit on it if you must. Data is just a compilation of numbers collected over a period of time, it doesn’t represent who you are and it doesn’t even judge who you have or don’t have.
- Why do you want to stay teaching? (That might have struck a cord, but hear me out)
Once you have this information you can see if in fact the data can be changed. If in fact it is a down spiral, what happened? Why did you go into teaching? Please read, Do you aspire to be the BEST teacher you were created to be? Because I believe you didn’t go into it because of the money, the accolades or the stress. You believed you could make a difference.
I am asking you to trust me when I say YOU can change your scores, by first remembering WHY you went into teaching. Even if you find out that you hate it, then congratulations that is the first step into finding the career that will make you the happiest. Life is too short to stay in something that doesn’t give you fulfillment.
Now if you want to work smarter than you have ever done as a teacher, then reach out and let’s get to work. You deserve the opportunity to finding the most proven, data driven, evidence based strategies.