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Special Article

Highest Evaluation Possible

Rickey Millwood
Educator, Spartanburg High School

To cite this article: Millwood, R. Highest Evaluation Possible San Clemente, CA: Kagan Publishing. Kagan Online Magazine, Issue #56. www.KaganOnline.com


Hi. Even though I am retiring this spring, we all still have to undergo unannounced classroom evaluations. We never know the time or the period. The administration just appears for major evaluations. Note below all the components of the instrument. But I received the highest possible score in each area. This is the very highest score a teacher can receive. I did it by always being prepared with my active engagements and Kagan strategies. So if you want good evaluations, I'd suggest using Kagan engagements. Look at these scores and keep in mind that I had the toughest of all evaluators, too. You have my permission have to share with Miguel and Laurie the power of daily use in these evaluations and the results of active engagement. I have 29 students in this 10th grade class, and the evaluation took place during the 4th period before lunch.

Rickey Millwood

Mr. Millwood,

I enjoyed observing your class today. Your students were on task and enjoyed the activity using the higher-level thinking questions. This activity will benefit the students for many years to come, especially learning how to work with and answer these types of questions. The students asked some really great questions!

Mr. Collier

District Seven Monitoring Tool
Board Name: Spartanburg District Seven
School Name: Spartanburg High School
Observer: Cameron Collier
Subject: Ricky Millwood
Grade: 10
Course: Social Studies

1. Establishing and Maintaining High Expectations for Learners

  • Clarifies objectives/assessments at beginning — Done well
  • Expectations for instructional activities — Done well
  • Relevance/importance/student responsibility — Done well
  • Relates to past/future learning — Done well

2. Using Instructional Strategies to Facilitate Learning

  • Varied strategies — Done well
  • Sequenced strategies — Done well
  • Appropriate strategies — Done well
  • Accommodates learning styles — Done well
  • Accommodates rates of learning — Done well
  • Active Involvement of students — Done well
  • Higher-level thinking/problem-solving — Done well

3. Providing Content for Learners

  • Appropriate, standards-related content — Done well
  • Current/accurate — Done well
  • Suitable pace — Done well
  • Multiple sourcesobserved
  • Varied formats — Done well
  • Clear explanations/examples/models — Done well
  • Correct oral and written communication — Done well

4. Monitoring and Enhancing Learning

  • Uses a variety of assessments-observations/questioning/performance/other — Done Well
  • Adjusts pace/sequence — Done well
  • Provides feedback — Done well

5. Maintaining an Environment That Promotes Learning

  • Attractive, organized environment Done well
  • Room arranged for learning — Done well
  • Confident in content/teaching — Done well
  • Mutual teacher/student respect and cooperation — Done well
  • Sense of responsibility in students — Done well
  • Rewards/incentives — Done well
  • Positive/productive interactions — Done well

6. Managing the Classroom

  • Maximizes instructional time — Done well
  • Rules for behavior evident — Done well
  • Enforces rules consistently — Done well
  • Non-Instructional routines — Done well
  • Transitions — Done well
  • Material/resources/technologies managed effectively — Done well

7. Cognitive Level of Activity

  • Remember – recognize, list, describe, identify, retrieve, name — Done well
  • Understand – interpret, exemplify, summarize, infer, paraphrase — Done well
  • Apply – implement, carry out, use☒ · Analyze – compare, attribute, organize, deconstruct — Done well
  • Evaluate – check, critique, judge, hypothesize — Done well
  • Create – design, construct, plan, produce — Done well

The author of this article is also a Kagan Book author. The “active engagements” he refers to in the article that earned him such high evaluations are interactive activities found in his social studies books.

Books by Rickey Millwood

Adventures Through
World History!

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Experience U.S. History!
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American History: All Aboard!
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