One task I wanted to tackle this summer was a “deep look” into the Delaware Performance Appraisal System for teachers. A few years ago, I was put on expectations by my administration and my teaching was ripped to shreds. I survived to tell the tale and grew wiser, less trusting, and more pissed off in the process. I was made to feel like I was the worst teacher in the world. No teacher, or person, should ever be made to feel like I did. Unfortunately, teachers are made to feel “unsatisfactory” everyday. I hope to bring to light the issues in this system for all teachers, but specifically for art, music, PE, and other teachers like me. Bring to light the issues AND how to work around them to get the best evaluation possible!
The guide is 130 pages long. Who really has ever read it and thought about what it means? NO ONE, probably not even the people who approve it in the first place. There is a guide for administrators, teachers, and specialists, but I am going to focus on the teacher guide. You can find the whole document on the DOE website under educator and then DPAS. Direct Link Here. If you can’t sleep and counting sheep doesn’t work for you, this guide will.
I am NOT going to read the whole guide, that is just stupid and a waste, who does that; NO ONE. Rubrics are the keys to the kingdom in education, so I will analyze each rubric, define terms, summarize the information, and translate it into information that teachers can use. Yes, it needs translation because it is written in Stupid Education, not English.
I hope you get some good information out of this and please comment and add anything you would like. This is my interpretation of this mess, meant to establish “consistent educator and student performance expectations and outcomes across all schools.” We are dealing with living, breathing, human beings, who are they kidding? Stay tuned!