Every year in Australia from now on there will be an annual performance review and ongoing professional development throughout teaching careers. Of course we can all support performance appraisals as they do increase productivity, allow individuals to strengthen their skills and provide insight into our areas of strength and weakness. However when the performance review is all set and done and teachers have participated in numerous professional development courses…what then? What is our measure of success? Is our measure of success how much the children love the teacher, is it based on results, is it the number of days of non absent children? How do we measure the success of annual performance reviews of teachers when the variables are so wide? Where is the mention of the child in all of this professional development? Success in teaching should not be gauged on the performance review of a Principal, a senior teacher or an outsider. Success in teaching should be measured by the level of dedication of the teacher, the hours spent at home working on programs, the endless hours of counselling provided to children and families and the results of ALL children who learn under that teacher’s guidance, where no child is left behind. Absolutely we need to re-examine the reasoning why some enter the teaching profession and the role of the university in providing well rounded teachers who have knowledge in both education and psychology; however will annual teacher performance reviews do anything for the most important component in all of this…the child? It would’ve been more enlightening to have seen the heading “Students to face annual review of performance OR Students to receive ongoing development throughout their careers.”
What are your thoughts..?