At its best the evaluation process between teachers and administrators should be about professional growth for the teacher, and a quality learning environment for the students. In order to accomplish these lofty goals, many schools are striving to include the necessary pieces of a quality feedback loop: pre-conferences, observations, incremental walkthroughs, and post conferences. When the observation process is completed in a trusted and supportive manner the entire progression becomes a foundational place for understanding, sharing, and growth for all involved.
Here are some tips on getting the most from your pre and post conference.
A good pre-conference should be about dialogue and understanding. So, every effort to make it as conversational as possible with a good dialogue about the expectations about for the teaching and learning for the lesson will help tremendously.
State and local mandates on the length and frequency of observations may change over time but what does not change is that good teaching is difficult.