There may not be anyone as directly responsible as the teachers in the process of learning. Hence, development and evaluation of teachers and their pedagogical skills is of utmost importance. Lack of professional training and development of teachers could be a key source of dissatisfaction from any educational institution.
Teacher Competency Sketchpad (TCS) is an overall indicator that correlates different attributes of teacher quality with teacher empowerment as well as effective classroom performance. At Edudevs, we focus on developing, strengthening and acknowledging the teacher skills, content knowledge and pedagogical competence.
TCS envisions teachers to acquire skills and values they need to survive and thrive in the 21st century. The survey is tailor-made for teachers at different levels of their career, thus it not just caters to new aspiring teachers but also assesses senior teachers who are aspiring to be in leadership roles.
TCS builds on the idea of teacher development and evaluation process. The process of TCS is best described as a series of five steps
Teachers will first enroll for TCS and complete the survey based on parameters relating to their general aptitude, pedagogical techniques and their capability of handling classroom discipline and work pressure.
The team at Edudevs will analyze the information gathered and benchmark this against standards provided in the evaluation criteria.
The team will draw conclusions based on the analyzed data. Teachers should determine, affirm and celebrate the strengths identified. They should also acknowledge the areas that should be prioritized for improvement.
The teachers are provided with an evaluation report. The report should record the teacher’s TCS score and rating based on the parameters tested, summary of strengths and of the areas requiring improvement.
The final step would aim to draw an improvement plan that will include a summary of the areas targeted. Furthermore, it will include actions required to achieve the targets and a timeframe for achievement of these targets.
It is recommended that teachers should undertake the TCS regularly, preferably once a year, to monitor their improvements and check if the targets and actions are realistic or require any changes.