Novice proficiency level: High School Earth Science

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Overall rating & analysis

Four N ratings equal an overall N rating.

Novice

Beginning

Advanced

In action…Demonstrates attempt to respectfully mobilize students’ influencers

In reflection…Accurately explains key strategies for respectfully mobilizing students’ influencers

Describes in a compelling way why it is important to mobilize students’ influencers

Strand 1: The number of strategies teacher uses to interact with students’ influencers and the extent to which strategies are customized.

Uses a single, formal method to interact with every student's family

Uses multiple methods and occasions to mobilize Students’ key influencers (e.g., parents, guardians, other relatives, coach, pastor, etc.)

Strand 2: The information teacher shares with student influencers, and the extent to which teacher enables student influencers to act on the information.

Provides basic information and respectfully requests help when students are not working hard

Shares knowledge and skills on how the influencers and the teacher can accelerate the students’ progress

Strand 3: The type of positive information teacher provides influencers about students’ academic progress.

Shares positive news of student performance on an absolute scale

Shares positive news of student performance on a relative scale

Strand 4: The extent to which the teacher mobilizes student influencers.

Successfully informs students’ families of basic information

Successfully involves students’ key influencers


Analysis: Why did the teacher receive these ratings?

Rating: NStrand 1: The number of strategies teacher uses to interact with students’ influencers and the extent to which strategies are customized.

Why N?

Scott begins the year using several strategies to interact with students’ influencers. By December, however, almost all of those strategies have been neglected. His apparently genuine intent to continue with the newsletter (even though he has missed a couple of months) is all that prevents a Pre-Novice (no attempt) rating for Scott's actions. Instead, the combination of having sent out one newsletter and planning to send another amounts to a weak attempt and warrants a Novice designation.

Rating: NStrand 2: The information teacher shares with student influencers, and the extent to which teacher enables student influencers to act on the information.

Why N?

Scott, at the beginning of the year, presumably did provide parents some "basic information" in his newsletter as required by the Beginning Proficient level of Strand Two. Now, however, he has little actual communication with parents and only a plan to resurrect his newsletter. As with Strand One, this weak attempt qualifies as Novice.


Rating: NStrand 3: The type of positive information teacher provides influencers about students’ academic progress.

Why N?

The analysis for Strand Three is the same as for Strand Two. The observer might expect that there was some sharing of positive news of student performance in the early days of Scott's plan. Now that it has dissolved into a weak intention to send out a newsletter, Scott does not fulfill the basic Beginning Proficiency requirements. The attempt, however, qualifies Scott as Novice on this Strand.

Rating: NStrand 4: The extent to which the teacher mobilizes student influencers.

Why N?

Strand Four, as an "outcome"-focused Strand, is particularly hard to evaluate here. Again, it appears that Scott did at least inform students’ influencers of some information, but that effort has diminished. A Pre-Novice designation (meaning "no action") would be inappropriate, but we do not have evidence of Beginning Proficiency either. Scott rates as Novice on this Strand as well.