Proving I’m a highly effective educator

The purpose of this blog is to present evidence that I am what the Danielson (2007) rubric establishes as a “distinguished” teacher. Overall, my APPR goal is to earn the “highly effective” rating for my work during the 2012-2013 school-year.

Currently, my HEIDI rating is determined using the following formula:
20% from observations by administrators (3 formal and scheduled, several informal)
20% from achievement of my own personally selected goals for student growth and achievement
60% from my satisfaction of elements on the Danielson rubric

The Danielson rubric is divided into four domains of teaching, which are as follows:
Domain #1: Planning and Preparation
Domain #2: The Classroom Environment
Domain #3: Instruction
Domain #4: Professional Responsibilities

Within each domain are components, and within each component are elements. Because effective instruction is a very complex behavior, the Danielson rubric alone is a 26-page graphic organizer. Organizing evidence of my effective instruction via a website that can contain tags referencing specific domains, components, and elements is a purposeful marriage of form with function; additionally, by using a blog, I can hyperlink to other educators and leaders whose work has influenced my thinking, and I can solicit direct feedback of my pedagogy from stakeholders via comments. This blog has gone meta with a purpose.

By writing publicly, I am demonstrating that I am willing to take the same risks the Common Core and IB require of our students. I am demonstrating proficiency with my craft – in the case of secondary English instruction, we can best boil my craft down to purposeful communication across a variety of formats and for a variety of audiences. Furthermore, by stating publicly that my aim is to earn the “highly effective” rating, I am demonstrating the kind of honesty and desire to reflectively respond to feedback that I ask student writers to demonstrate. This kind of transparency is also required to earn a distinguished rating in domain 4f for integrity and ethical conduct, domain 4e for receptivity to feedback from colleagues, domain 4d for involvement in a culture of professional inquiry, and domain 4a for accuracy, which I’ve established as both tags and categories on this blog.

In closing, I hope that you will not only observe my continued professional development, but that you will also participate by providing me feedback of how I might continue to improve my instruction. Are you aware of research that might benefit me or my students? Is there an educational technology that is working wonderfully for you? Would you like to recommend a non-fiction pairing for a work of literature I currently teach? Interested in understanding more fully why I value above all else a purposeful use of our time together? Want to know how you too can deliberately challenge the dominant Prussian paradigm and better serve your students? Please participate.

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