end of year, feedback, principals, reflection

Principals; Please Let Your Teachers Evaluate You

I am here today to really ask one thing; principals, please let your teachers evaluate you.  And although it may not be my place and you may find it odd that I dare say it, I will tell you why I ask.

Please let us evaluate you so that we can tell you all of the great things you have done for our school.  So that we can tell you where we have grown as teachers and how you have helped foster that growth.

Please let us evaluate you so that we can tell you our vision for our learning environment and we can figure out how it fits into a whole school vision.

Please let us evaluate you so that we can tell you how the school’s climate is doing from an individual classroom standpoint.  We know you have the overall feel, but let us fill in the gaps.

Please let us evaluate you so that we can help you grow like you help us grow.  We are all human, we all have areas we need to focus on, yet sometimes our own judgment or priorities cloud what is most pressing.  Sometimes teachers or even students are the ones that can keep or put a whole school on track.

Please let us evaluate you so that we know that how we feel matters.  So that we know that much as we should be listening to our students and to you, you will also listen to us.

Don’t make it anonymous; people need to stand behind their words.  But please give us the chance to speak those words to you.

We know time is of the essence, and we all know how much there is still to do, but please let us evaluate you so that we can continue to grow together.

PS:  I let parents and students evaluate me every year, and every year, I grow from it, even if some evaluations are not as positive as I could hope.  We will not grow if we do not ask the people who we effect how we are doing.

2 thoughts on “Principals; Please Let Your Teachers Evaluate You”

  1. I would love to do that ! ..Person at the top post also needs valuable feedback from his/her subordinates and its a good idea to encourage it. Rather than taking it personal, its better if you hear what people have to say about you ! This should be a common practise not just in schools but in organizations too !

  2. I agree and will do it. It's uncomfortable, especially at the end of the year, but it can lead to significant growth, trust, and a way to model it for teachers. Be Great,Dwight

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