Demonstrating a Knowledge of Resources is always a discussion in End of Year (EOY) evaluations. This topic now comes up quite often with Student Teachers when I’m evaluating lesson plans. The key word in this area is Demonstrates. Most teachers use many resources but when they’re asked to list them, they sometimes get stuck. Usually, with some reminders they can name many and get scored Highly Effective. Occasionally, however, I found that some teachers did not use a variety of resources. Sometimes it was a lack of awareness but often they used resources that were familiar and successful. Don’t we all like to use things that make us comfortable? For novice teachers and student teachers it is essential that they are aware of a variety of resources and use them in lesson planning.
Teacher observations/evaluations are supposed to be objective. But we all know that there is also a degree of subjectivity. So, to make it easier on teachers and administrators in the evaluation process, check out the list below and include some of them in your lesson plans. A good way to track your progress is to add the list to your plan book and color code the different resources. This simple year-round organizational tool will also help to make your end of the year Accomplishment List just a little bit easier.
13 Strategies to Demonstrate Knowledge of Resources
- Uses varied resources (same content/different reading levels, instructional aides) that match student’s various skills.
- Makes direct contact with resources or liaisons to determine availability to students to extend and enrich lessons i.e. guest speaker, field trip
- Uses multidisciplinary resources to enhance learning.
- Appropriately incorporate the use of the Internet.
- Uses resources from professional organizations to support learning.
- Incorporates technology into lessons (media center, computer lab, Instructional Technology (IT) specialist).
- Uses hands-on resources (technology, science materials, models etc.)
- Uses multiple approaches to deepen content knowledge.
- Explores district offerings that enhance content knowledge or pedagogical knowledge.
- Works with colleagues (lesson study, PLC, books study, team meetings, etc.) to share ideas to deepen professional knowledge.
- Explores content knowledge through colleges/ universities and professional organizations.
- Incorporates community resources into lessons and shares resources with colleagues.
- Suggests resources available to students outside of schools especially over vacations and breaks (libraries, museums, etc.)