What about me? Have I ever been evaluated by my students? Oh, yes, plenty of times!! Until last year what I used to do was very simple. The last day of the school year I would ask my students to answer 3 or 4 questions about the material we had used, the topics we had studied and my performance. I used to tell them the answers should be anonymous so that they could be 100% sincere. Normally questions were something like this:
- What do you think of the coursebook?
- What topics were difficult? Which ones were easy? Why?
- What do you think of my performance? (Write at least something you liked and something you didn’t like)
This year I’m trying a different approach. In February I created my google site and among many things I included a survey in which I ask students to evaluate me (and the site). As soon as eveything was ready I told the former students I am still in contact with to visit the site so that they could give me their opinions on it. I was expecting some visits but,to my surprise, many did much more than have look at it: they examined everything, found the survey, took it and answered all of the questions in detail! I got plenty of constructive feedback in a couple of days! Now, I’m planning to encourage all of my students to fill in the form after each term and immediately apply in the classroom the insights that I gain !
Would you like to include a teacher evaluation questionnaire as part of your routine? Have you ever done it? How has it helped you?