In New Zealand, the professional and regulatory body for teachers is the NZ Teachers Council ( .

Their purpose is to provide professional leadership in teaching and to contribute to safe, high quality teaching and learning. The Registered Teacher Criteria describe the criteria for quality teaching. All teachers seeking to gain and maintain full registration are required to meet the Registered Teacher Criteria. There are 12 criteria and reflection and evidence of practice is required to support each criteria. These criteria are often used as a basis for examining practice at staff appraisal time.

On the website to help those of us of sluggish mind after a 40+ hour week with fifty 2-5 year olds, the Teachers Council does provide some help. There are key indicators, examples of reflective questions, examples of what may constitute evidence and strategies that may help. In the tool kit they also provide ideas of what centre or service processes and what a mentor or appraiser may look for. There is even a portion for future goals.

There is also a section on what to look for when providing evidence

What might my evidence look like?

  •  List of professional development undertaken (including in-centre PD).
  • Notes on opportunities taken to learn or practise skills in teaching in different styles  (including reflection and/or feedback)
  • Examples of changes made to planning based on individual needs of different children
  • Examples where staff, children, parents or the local community have appreciated my involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Evidence of feedback from children and their whānau (written, oral e.g. documented in the context of learning stories, perception data)
  • Evidence taken from Self-Assessment Tool (SAT)
  • Evidence taken from in centre appraisal processes. All observations demonstrate teachers working with children at their level and continually empowering children by offering choices.
  • Teaching stories demonstrating respectful interactions with children/parents/whānau.
  • Code of ethics and reflections sighting examples of how you have upheld these
  • Active participation of all centre meetings, events and reviews. You should record some of your contributions or have your manager document some of this.
  • Knowing who the support agencies are within your community and why the agencies needed to be contacted and your contribution to gathering information required. E.g. CYFS, GSE, Plunket
  • Examples of engaging with parents/whānau and reflections showing the benefits of this to children.  Evidence can be in the form of parent/whānau contribution to assessment, organising and participating in parent/whānau information evenings.
  • Times that you have had to deal with a sensitive situation, describing the incident, your response and changes you may make in the future to ensure the best outcome.  Examples of these could include a child disclosing abuse, suspicion of child abuse or neglect, an incident where you feel a colleague has acted inappropriately (include specific feedback you gave).  You should use reference material as further evidence.
  • Examples of changes made to planning based on individual needs of children.

I am pretty sure I can come up with specific examples along these lines – so maybe I do not need to be fretting about the appraisal process and what it means for me!