As a Feedbak observer, you know why it is important to create multiple informal and formal observations before creating a summative score- but do you know why we add hashtags on the indicators?
When you are creating an observation, you can select an indicator from the Standards & Indicators tab.
... or type the hashtag on your Timeline. Then, mark it with a green star (strength) or a gold leaf (growth) before adding your personal comment to the teacher.
Pro tip: Always leave a space after the hashtag before inserting your comment to the teacher.
We even give you a handy cheat sheet so you don't have to memorize the hashtags.
What happens when you don't use hashtags?
When it's time to score your teachers, no history will show if you haven't used the hashtags, so you won't see the teacher's areas of strength and growth.
What happens when you do use hashtags?
When you use hashtags in observations, and mark them with a green star (+), a gold leaf (-) or a question mark (neutral) that data is collected and stored- and then it reappears as a count on their scoring form.
Weeks later, when you create a summative scoring form for that teacher, the hashtags create a history for you, so that you can easily see how well this teacher has done on observations, which helps you make your determination about how to score that teacher on each indicator.
Because of the hashtags that were used, there is history showing. We can use those to get an idea of how well this teacher did on their observations throughout the year. The indicators are totaled under the standard.
For a refresher on creating observations using your iPad, click here.