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See the teacher evaluation process in action. Goody bags make a lesson on probability interactive. Watch students tap into their creativity as nutritious fruits inspire beautiful haikus. Students use live GPS data to predict arrival times in the Iditarod Sled-Dog Race. Take a closer look at the three steps in a teacher's evaluation. Aiming for Excellence - Improving Student Engagement in 8th Grade E.L. A. - Teacher David Preto's classroom is visited by teacher evaluator Renee O'Leary. She suggests he work on engaging students by making lessons more active and communicating class goals more specifically. Watch him take her advice and put it into action. Great Lesson Ideas - Probability of Dependent and Independent Events - Sixth grade math teacher Ana Posada shares a lesson on probability. Students do simulations of dependent and independent events using a goody bag of objects where they can document the differences between them. Great Lesson Ideas - Fruit Haiku - Beth Sonnenberg brings nutrition and healthy eating habits to the art of Haiku. Her students eat several types of fruit, use sensory descriptive words to detail their reactions, and translate the experience into their own Haikus. Great Lesson Ideas - Elapsed Time - Todd Hausman uses the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska to teach his 4th grade students how to measure elapsed time. Students use live gps data provided by iditarod. com to calculate the racers' progress and predict their arrival times at the next checkpoint. New Teacher Survival Guide - The Formal Observation - A new chemistry teacher at Herricks High School in Long Island, New York, participates in a 3-step formal evaluation process. The process includes a pre-observation meeting, the formal observation, and a post-observation meeting. The department head, Karen Hughes, conducts the evaluation of Laura Gurick. During the pre-observation meeting, Laura shares the classroom dynamics and plans for the lesson. Karen explains the criteria for which she will be looking. During the post-observation meeting, Karen and Laura both share their perspective of the quality of the lesson helping Karen further reflect on her strengths and weaknesses.
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