Yesterday, I wrote that implementation of The Fundamental 5 should not be used for a teacher’s summative evaluation.  Instead, administrators should use the observed implementation of The Fundamental 5 for teacher formative assessment, feedback and coaching.  Essentially supporting a teacher in the honing of daily craft to make summative evaluations less stressful and more rewarding for the teacher. 

To illustrate how this works in practice I will use the PDAS as an example.  The PDAS is the current teacher formative evaluation tool in use in Texas.

When I Frame the Lesson, I make a positive impact on the following PDAS Domains:

Domain I (Student Participation) Domain II (Learner-Centered Instruction) Domain III (Evaluation and Feedback) Domain IV (Management) Domain V (Professional Communication) Domain VIII (Improvement of Academic Performance of All Students)

When I Work in the Power Zone, I make a positive impact on the following PDAS Domains:

Domain I (Student Participation) Domain II (Learner-Centered Instruction) Domain III (Evaluation and Feedback) Domain IV (Management) Domain V (Professional Communication) Domain VIII (Improvement of Academic Performance of All Students)

When I use Frequent Small Group Purposeful Talk, I make a positive impact on the following PDAS Domains:

Domain I (Student Participation) Domain II (Learner-Centered Instruction) Domain III (Evaluation and Feedback) Domain IV (Management) Domain VIII (Improvement of Academic Performance of All Students)

When I Recognize & Reinforce, I make a positive impact on the following PDAS Domains:

Domain I (Student Participation) Domain II (Learner-Centered Instruction) Domain III (Evaluation and Feedback) Domain IV (Management) Domain V (Professional Communication) Domain VIII (Improvement of Academic Performance of All Students)

When I have my students Write Critically, I make a positive impact on the following PDAS Domains:

Domain I (Student Participation) Domain II (Learner-Centered Instruction) Domain III (Evaluation and Feedback) Domain VIII (Improvement of Academic Performance of All Students)

As the teacher is observed implementing The Fundamental 5 at high frequency and high quality during a Summative Observation, the administrator should find it easy to evaluate that teacher as Exceeding Expectations in the following PDAS Domains:

Domain I (Student Participation) Domain II (Learner-Centered Instruction) Domain III (Evaluation and Feedback) Domain IV (Management) Domain V (Professional Communication) Domain VIII (Improvement of Academic Performance of All Students)

The Bottom Line: When administrators use the Fundamental 5 for formative teacher support, as those practices are then implemented with increased frequency and quality, teachers can’t help but to met and exceed expectations on their PDAS summative evaluation.

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