How are you doing? I find myself asking people that a lot these days—Are you getting along okay staying at home? Are you adjusting to online learning? Getting used to a whole new way of doing things? But there is another way to take that question: How are you doing as a teacher overall?
To figure out where you can improve, you need to know how you are doing in different areas. That’s where an assessment or evaluation comes in. You may have a formal process for this in your school or district, but I find that it’s important to take charge of my own career and development as a teacher. That’s where teacher self-evaluation comes in.
Some teacher self-evaluation questions
There are lots of ways to approach self-evaluation. Think about all aspects of teaching and answer honestly about how you are doing in each area.
Are you generally organized and ready to go? Think about time and classroom set up.
- Is your school year well organized?
- Do you plan out each week and day so that you know what’s coming and have everything ready on time?
- Do students know what to expect?
- Do resources and supplies have a logical place in your classroom?
- Can you find the things you need when you need them?
Do you have a diverse range of teaching strategies?
- Do you adapt your strategies based on the needs of the class and specific students?
- Do you have alternate approaches if something isn’t working?
- Do you seek advice or ideas from others if you are having trouble meeting a students’ needs?
- Do you use assessment and monitoring effectively to identify what students have learned and not learned yet?
Connecting with students
Outstanding teachers develop relationships with their students. They see them as people and develop mutual respect.
- Do you recognize student differences and treat all students fairly?
- Do you know students’ interests?
- Are you aware of challenges or barriers students may have to learning or doing school work?
- Do you have clear channels of communication with students?
Yelling is not a management tool, but there are a lot of management tools and techniques.
- Do you have a management system that works for you?
- Do you continue to learn about classroom management ideas and implement them?
- Do you have clear rules and expectations?
- Do you have a clear process of what happens when rules or expectations are broken?
- Have you taken time to teach routines?
These are just a few categories to explore and questions you could ask yourself as part of a teacher self-evaluation.
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