Evidence Binder V.2

So, here it is... the newest version of my Evidence Binder...to prove what a great teacher I am. I showed my binder from last year {HERE}. I'll try to go in a little more depth for you....


First, let me start off by saying that a binder is NOT required... BUT it IS required for us to show proof if we give ourselves a certain score on our self-evaluation.  A binder is just the easiest way for me to go about showing. I mean, we all know how much I love binders...and page protectors...lol. A few of us got together last year and kind of worked out what we thought we wanted to be in a binder or what it should kind of look like. Everyone's is different, and some people don't do binders. But I am forever thankful that we have a school of teachers that are willing to share what they do!

But let me warn you...it is not cute, it is not pretty, and it nothing special to look at! 

At first, when you open it, it just has a print out of ALL the dimensions' rubrics that is in our evaluations. This came straight from our district.


Then, I have some peer observations put in, which we DO have to have...

This is how I have each dimension set up. A friend actually typed all of the "elements" of each dimension up, and then I just went in and typed up what I do for each element. A lot of dimensions ended up being 3 pages of typing, but I spared you those pictures...I just gave the first page. You can see that I have "Formulas" next to the descriptions... those are the evidence pieces for my PAL to look at  - it's the dimension and which evidence piece withing the dimension. I actually use the same piece a lot for different dimensions, so I really like how it's organized. 

Here are some examples of the evidence pieces that I used for Dimension 1:

A LOT of my data gathering/analyzing pages


I showed how my standards are posted, and we actually go over them in class...


(these are my Common Core standards)


and LOOK - I show how my assignments are aligned...even my centers. I just took a copy of the menus from my Common Core Monthly Centers!

And how I differentiate my instruction.. I showed how at the same time, I was using 2 different levels of passages with different students. This is my freebie Peer to Peer fluency charts you can grab {HERE}.


I also have a check sheet to write the dates in as I teach them for each quarter... 

Then comes dimension 2...

I took pictures of how my library is set up... and how my supplies are organized for the students. 

 

Dimension 3 is about instructional delivery...


I posted some pictures of our processes of writing...using my Penguins unit. I also posted some pictures of how I incorporate higher level thinking using my Bloom's Taxonomy pack.



Dimension 4 is assessment...




nothing fancy here, just how I print up the weekly A.R. reports and conference with my students each week.

I also added in how I use rubrics to grade assessments. This one came from my Jamie O'Rourke pack.


For Professional responsibilities, I didn't add too much...


I did add my monthly calendars that I send home...and my spelling lists that have notes in them. This is an old version of my Spelling Throughout the Year


I also added in my district assessment and montly ORF spreadsheets...


Dimension 6 was about relationship with students... you can see that I reference a lot of evidence from other parts of the binder.


I did include the parent survey in this section. 


Click {HERE} to check out the post to get the free parent survey

Dimension 7 is about relationship with parents. A lot of it is conferences and random face to face interactions before and after school (especially since my door is right on the outside of the car loop).


I did include my letter about field trips...and my letter about Shutterfly. I maintain a class page on Shutterfly, where I post a lot of pictures so the parents can see what we're doing in class. 




WELL....I hope that gave you SOME kind of insight into what I do for my evidence binder. This was not all of what I have included...just the main things.  It was kind of stressful the first year I did it...but this year it was pretty easy... just changed out new pictures and added a few more things that I do this year that I didn't do last year.





8 comments

Haley said...

I am SO impressed with this! I would have a full on panic attack if I had to do this, ahah!!

Mrs. Yazzie's Classroom News said...

(Warning: I have a mixed response.) It's beautiful, but it truly makes me a little sad. Teachers are not paid enough to go through the time consuming task of "proving" they're worth their weight. I'm guessing you did a lot of this on your personal time. I bet you're proud of this binder--you should be!!! What an accomplishment! I only wish we didn't have to jump through such hurdles to document our value and could instead dedicate that time to our instructional planning and/or family.

Jen R said...

Mrs. Yazzie - I totally agree!

teachtrue2 said...

Yowzaa! This is awesome. While I do agree with Mrs. Yazzie, this blog post has given me some ideas for a modified version of an evidence as a way of keeping me organized and reminding me of all the great things I do !

Linda said...

Wow, Jen! This is so organized and indepth! a ton of work for you, too! Thank you for sharing this! We are hearing that we'll have to keep this kind of documentation soon. Bookmarking this for when the time comes!
Linda
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Jenni said...

Hi Jen, I love this! It is very impressive. I really want to do this. I am a little slow and would love a little clarification. What do the numbers represent and the letter? 4-a I am assuming that it references your example but unsure. Or is that your personal score for that section. I know you said you had other pages you didn't show but I really would like to do something like this and really need some guidance. Thanks in advance. This is amazing!

Leslie Lim said...

First time I commented in a blog! I really enjoy it. You have an awesome post. Please do more articles like this. I'm gonna come back surely. God bless.

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