Give the TEAM/SWOT Mashup a Try!

I began teaching a year before the TEAM model was introduced in Tennessee.  It's really all that I know as far as teacher evaluation.  I cannot complain though; for the last four years, I have been rated a "Level 5" teacher.  However, even though my 'achievement' level as a teacher has remained at the very top, my qualitative data has dropped.  Simply put, the overall average from my observation scores has declined each year.  

At the beginning of the school year, I made a promise to myself that personal and professional growth was going to be very important for me.  Tennessee offers many opportunities for teachers who want to learn.  Recently, I earned my fourth micro-credential which has helped me focus on the competencies that I want to improve upon.

The other day, I opened up the TEAM rubric and thought about some of the performance indicators I know I need to improve upon.  I found myself wanting to do a deep dive and really unpack the rubric.  Even though I knew I was strong in many areas, there was still plenty of room for me to leverage those strengths into new opportunities.  I know I have my weaknesses, and I found it helpful to go beyond that assessment and consider the potential threats to keeping those weaknesses.

One of my favorite tools is a SWOT analysis, and it became clear I was processing information the same way.  The rubric can be quite humbling if you are really honest with yourself about where you stand and where you need to be.  I took the instructional rubric and turned it into a SWOT analysis template.  It has already helped me have honest conversations with myself.  Perhaps most important is the tool guides me in the right direction when I select professional learning opportunities that are relevant for me.  I knew what was relevant before, but I found myself drifting toward areas where I was already strong.  This tool tells me where I need to be as much as it tells me where I am and where I have been.

I'm sharing it hoping that you find it as helpful as it has been for me.  Whether you teach in Tennessee or not, the rubric is very thorough and research-driven.  I think it will help anyone.  If you have any feedback on ways I can improve the document, please send me a message!