As I was driving home today, NPR was reporting on how some doctors are now making use of scribes in their offices to take down the notes and information during patient visits. This struck me as a correlation to the amount of documentation that is also required during evaluations and “observations” in classrooms. It is the responsibility of the evaluator to observe the teacher, class, lesson, and environment while also typing or writing notes furiously so they don’t forget any important details. Perhaps our evaluations could be improved if all of the categories that are being observed were given an actual observation with all senses rather than just ears as one sits and types. Perhaps they need scribes to take notes. Perhaps the system needs to be altered so that documentation and data are not valued more importantly than experiencing the lesson in full and writing about it afterwards.
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In the United States, performance/evaluation in the Business/Service industry is similar to evaluation measures in Education. The employee is reviewed and/or evaluated in regular intervals. However some businesses require staff to pass a test following professional development. If they do not score above a certain level they must attend additional training. The evaluations are based on work productivity with scoring categories including: poor, needs improvement, meets requirements, exceeds requirements and outstanding. The following are possible categories seen on various evaluation tools:
Dependability: Are they where they should be? /Cooperativeness: working with people/Adaptability: adjusting to change/Communication: giving and receiving information/Daily decision making & problem solving: thinking on the job/Service to clients & public/ Use of equipment and materials & Project planning and implementation/Work group management/Performance planning and review.
The evaluator also writes comments such as: Employee strengths, Areas for development and an overall…
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