"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
                                                                                                                          - Albert Einstein

Teaching well is work that matters. It is work that matters because teaching well affects the lives of children with strength and promise. As some have stated, educators are "nation builders," and to teach well means that we are laying the foundation for a strong future for our families, communities, country, and world. 

Teaching well also brings the educator a sense of satisfaction and meaning. We can be proud of our good work, and that's a significant event. I have revisited the 33 elements for teaching excellence outlined by the Massachusetts' Educator Evaluation system with a broad lens and focus on improving craft. If you desire to start the next teaching/learning year with greater strength and effect, I welcome you to use this website as a guide. 

Revisit each element of teaching well with the criteria (quoted in part from Massachusetts' document), questions, and reflection. If you choose to travel this learning journey, I suggest the following actions.
  1. Create a reflection notebook, website, or blog.
  2. Plan to spend about an hour on each element.
  3. Read each element, description, and questions. 
  4. Write your own response and or reflection including actions as to how you'll embed this element into your teaching/learning year.
This chart from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) outlines the four main evaluation categories: 
  • Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment
  • Teaching All Students
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Professional Culture

The original TeachFocus site responds specifically to the Massachusetts' Evaluation System while this site aims to serve educators at any locale.