ERIC Number: ED253984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-27
Reference Count: 0
Guidelines for Administrators to Use in Evaluating Special Education Teachers.
Nissen, Earl R.
Six essential teaching competencies and observable characteristics are outlined to help administrators evaluate special education teachers. Administrators are urged to use evaluation as an inservice tool rather than a weapon. The competencies include the following: (1) accurate and effective communication in the content area and professional rapport with students (for example, subject matter content spelled out in a total service plan for each student); (2) feedback and communication to enhance student learning and understanding (e.g., avoidance of sarcasm); (3) appropriate utilization of teaching methods and resources for each area taught (for example, provision of many alternatives in materials); (4) encouragement of student involvement, responsibility, and critical thinking (e.g., use of reality therapy to deal with behavior problems); (5) classroom management to promote the best use of instructional time (including organization to keep a system of accountability of materials); and (6) creation of an atmosphere conducive to learning, self-discipline, and development of realistic and positive self-concepts (including appropriate expression of a sense of humor). The objectives of special education should be fit into a total plan of instruction for the school. If principals accepted this philosophy, there would be no basic difference in evaluating the performance of regular and special education teachers. (CL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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