How do you identify an effective monitoring system for teachers?

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

An effective monitoring system is one that the student is at center stage conducting consistent self-evaluations, analyses of their own academic performance, and setting goals. 

Effective monitoring is made using

  • empirical data based on interaction during whole group instruction.
  • focused independent work centers containing checklists of expectations and showing samples. All centers should include a chance for the student to compare his performance versus the expectation. There should also be a chance for input and feedback.
  • goal setting and monitoring- using a theme such as a thermometer, piggy bank, marble jar, or a plain graphic students should revise how far or near they are from accomplishing their goal. 
  • skill accomplishment checklist- opportunities for applying skills to a new project should be available through multiple choice tasks. This is not the same as a MC worksheet. A MC task is one where the student can choose to apply artistic, scientific, research, mathematical, or literary skills to accomplish a goal. Students who are aware of what skills they have mastered feel secure in trying new things without fear of problem solving in times of complexity. 

Notice how these suggestions basically place the student in a position where they are:

  • self-aware
  • self-assured
  • self-actualized
  • empowered

An empowered student is the most effective vessel of instruction: a student who is aware of what he can do, and knows how to tackle new challenges helps you teach by actively help to teach themselves.


If your question asks about a monitoring system that evaluates teachers, a similar process applies. 

The latest assessment tool for teacher evaluation is the Effective Learning Environment Observation Tool, or ELEOT.

This tool, created by AdvanceEd, is currently one of the most comprehensive data analysis forms that focus strictly on the performance of educators in more than just one area. 

The ELEOT is a preferred method of evaluation because it elicits evidence in the areas of:

  • equitable learning
  • high expectations
  • active learning
  • supportive learning

These are observations made about how the teacher makes the best out of his or her learning space, resources, affect, talents, and student-centered projects. 

Additionally, the ELEOT looks for evidence of:

  • use of technology (digital, 21st century/Millennial teaching/learning)
  • classroom management (organization, discipline, and transitions)
  • progress monitoring and feedback (data gathering from assessments to put back into the teaching and learning).

All this considered, a good monitoring system for teachers focuses in the way that teachers invest their time, apply their skills, and extend their talent to move to the next level. As teacher leaders are an extremely useful and cost-effective training resource, ELEOT makes it simpler for administrators to analyze their personnel and determine the level of professionalism that permeates (or not) in the building. 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

An effective monitoring system for teachers to use in classrooms would use data collected regularly and analyzed.

The key to assessment is continuous monitoring.  Assessment can only guide instruction if teachers analyze the data and then make instructional decisions based on it.

The best assessments are generated from standards-based objectives.  Teachers can develop these assessments themselves, or use those generated by the district or textbook publisher.

Good assessment monitoring programs allow different stakeholders to see the data.  Teachers are not the only ones who need access.  Students, parents, and district officials also need to see the data in order to make their own modifications.

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