5/31/2015 11 Comments
If you're anything like me, when you get your students' end-of-course evaluations, you read through them with a mix of smiles and frowns. Then you move on and enjoy your summer.
This year, try something new. Take advantage of those forms. Well, maybe first take one week to sit by the pool without letting students or school cross your mind. Then spend a few minutes transforming what your students wrote into a set of goals and plans for yourself.
In order for this to work, you need a GOOD format for student evaluations (and also an open mind). I think you will love this student evaluation sheet I developed. It is really open-ended and you will get such a variety of responses. Here is a sample of the structure:
The full evaluation contains 7 questions in this format. Download it here.
The great thing about this format is that it combines student SELF- evaluation with a teacher evaluation. You will be really surprised how much information you can get from this. For example, a student may write:
You will be amazed at the detailed answers you get when you use this style of open-ended questioning. Some students will answer in a reflective way, and some will answer in a very factual way, but ALL students will answer in a way that shows you what they felt or noticed the most. The responses will tell you what is most important to think about.
After reviewing the student responses, make specific plans for your own improvement as a teacher. Not all student responses will be valid reasons to change anything, but you will have an idea about what areas you can work on. Set specific goals that you would like to accomplish. The goal-setting sheet has spaces for you to think about management, teaching style, and even goals for implementing technology in new ways.
Do this BEFORE July begins!! Make it a priority while the areas for improvement are still fresh in your mind. Then review your goals before you start the next school year.
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