About a month ago, I happened upon the blog of Amy Balling, a Bio teacher at Lancaster HS in NYS. Her district is using the Danielson rubric for teacher evaluations just like my district is. In addition to blogging about teaching and her family she discusses how she has been working towards meeting each of the aspects of the rubric. It is fairly obvious that she too has embraced the APPR process and has even had a bit of fun with it. And that got me thinking that I’d like to have some fun as well!
To that end, I decided that I would try to get creative with my submissions of teacher artifacts. Our district allows us to submit artifacts which illustrate our effectiveness beyond classroom observations. I knew I wanted to talk about my class website but instead of writing about it I decided to create a screencast about it. This was a great experience for me. I’m planning on flipping some of my classes so screencasting was excellent practice.
I think that I might take a page out of Amy Balling’s book and start discussing here how I’m meeting the requirements of the APPR. That way we can all have fun with Charlotte Danielson together!