"Student learning should be part of teacher evaluation, but it should only be one part of the whole picture." Though I've heard this statement many times before, it gave me pause and I started thinking... What else would I want my evaluation to be based on, exactly? My effort? My punctuality? My daily aims?
I'm becoming increasingly troubled by the whole notion of teacher evaluation lately. The truth is, I measure my own strength as a teacher by what I observe in my students (and to some degree my ability to collaborate with colleagues and make other contributions to my school). But overall, student learning is exactly what I think my value as a teacher should be based on; it's not just "part of the whole picture" of what I do.