There are many avenues for teachers who want to self-evaluate. Teachers can mentally reflect, write in a journal, and use audio and videotape. Teachers can also utilize student questionnaires and interviews (Fink, 1999). For the purposes of journal writing, see QUK's (1997) journal form.
Lewis (2003) outlines 15 different basic skills that teachers must know how to use. Such a long list further necessitates the need for evaluations, but there is no need to panic.
When teachers are going to be evaluated by an administrator, there are certain things that should take place. The teacher should plan a typical lesson and have a firm grasp as to what will occur in the class. Nothing out of the ordinary should be planned, like a dog-and-pony show (Hopkins, 2003). Doing anything else will be obvious to both students and the administrator. The teacher should be rested the day of the lesson.
That is all the teacher needs to do. The administrator's duties will be outlined, next.