Are you a substitute teacher looking for a permanent teaching position? After over ten years of regular observations and evaluations, I've been frustrated by the lack of data collected on me as I've substituted this year. I can't imagine how frustrating that would be for a pre-service teacher! This form provides a flexible way to collect your own data that you can turn around and present to an administrator in an interview.
This tool prompts school employees to rate substitute performance across five categories. Observers are encouraged to leave additional comments regarding tips for better fitting into the school's culture, concerns/areas for improvement, and compliments/observations that might be of interest to a future employer.
The tool is flexible in that it can be completed by any school employee. Should you happen to substitute in a co-teaching classroom, the co-teacher might fill one of these out for you. You might ask the permanent teacher to fill one out after returning from an absence (he or she has the option to select "Not Observed" for the criteria that require direct observation). You might be teaching in a room that has a paraprofessional working alongside a particular student. He or she would be an excellent candidate for filling out a reflection. If you substitute in a building frequently and have a good rapport with the adminstration team, you might even invite an administrator to observe a lesson and fill out a form.
It would be overkill to ask every school employee with whom you come into contact to fill out a reflection form, but, especially for teachers who sub for a year or so after graduation while looking for full-time jobs (and therefore cannot produce copies of past observations or discuss your students' test score improvements), having some data is much better than having no data. And even better? You can use the information you gain by reviewing these reflections to inform your practice, no matter what!