Monday, January 23, 2012

I hear the sound of a gentle word, on the wind that lifts her perfume through the air (Beach Boys)

I know I posted comments about the teacher evaluation process a while ago. It feels like months ago actually, and we are nowhere near finished.

We have now entered the final stage though, having observed all the teachers, held our Evaluation Team meetings and come up with our judgments.

The next bit is meeting with the individual teachers and giving them the draft forms for their comment. If they disagree that's no problem - they just have to produce evidence to back up their belief that the judgment is too low.

We can probably fit three of these meetings in a day but it's complicated by the fact my subject advisors are only at school two days a week.

The deadline imposed on us (February 15) to have everything completed and loaded on the ADEC portal is looming!

This has all been time consuming but worthwhile. And it's why sometimes  we've been doing little else for the last few months.

Of course there are many other things that have been going on.

One is the data analysis of Trimester One results. I was thrilled to see the huge improvement in Arabic Reading which has been a major part of the School Improvement Plan for Arabic Studies this year.

Last year the boys did superbly in Arabic Writing but Arabic Reading was poor by comparison.

The reading results from last year show the boys are now out performing the writing sections. Wooaahh!! Great stuff. Especially given how reading in any form is not a big part of the Arabic culture. It's much more aural in nature.

Now - if we can only get through these interviews and get back to normal and continue these improvements!

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