Monday, December 19, 2011

Assess Yourself!

As the New Year quickly approaches and we work on our New Year's Resolutions, I have a challenge for you: Assess your own teaching!

"Assessment" is a word we hear all too often as educators! We're constantly assessing our students and helping them be the best they can be.
But what about US? What about our TEACHING? Hmm....

I would like to share with you an assessment tool that I use twice a year. At the halfway point and at the end of the year.

This is a questionnaire that I give to my students so that they can give me some feedback. Then I analyze the data and decide what I can do to change.

And of course, I always keep in mind that the results are going to be filtered through a teenager's brain, so some things must be taken with a grain of salt! :) My questions are designed so that students don't think this is an invitation to bash me or the class. Rather, they spend time analyzing the activities that we regularly do in class.

I can't believe it took me so long to use this tool! My students would drive me crazy whenever I asked them to use the "Vocabulary Flashcards." I often asked them to use them as a "memory" game as half of the cards were in Spanish and the other half had the English counterparts. But they were SO lazy whenever I asked them to do it! It would make me nuts! The thought running through my head was always, "GEEZ, how hard is it to play a GAME?? Good grief!!"

The feedback I got about the "Vocabulary Flashcards" when used as "memory" made me slap my forehead with an audible "thwak!" followed by "DUH!" They HATED that activity! Oh my gosh, how they hated it.

I got such honest feedback, it was fantastic! There can be anywhere between 30-80 cards in each set-- they said that when there were more than like 36 cards, it just annoyed them because there were TOO many to really work with. So, I just stopped asking them to play "memory!" Problem solved! No more whining, no more wasted class minutes! Instead, I allowed them to always play a "black jack" game with the cards that they invented themselves! Hooray!

I've placed this Assessment Tool in my TeachersPayTeachers store. It's free! The purpose of posting my assessment tool is for you to have an example. I'm sure there are many things that could be improved upon in my teaching, and I'm so glad to get some honest feedback to help me become a better teacher!
If you do accept my challenge to Assess Yourself, please let me know how it went! And please share YOUR Assessment Tool with us so that we can benefit from your ideas too!

link to my assessment tool at TpT:
Teacher Assessment: Assess Yourself!

Cheers!
LaProfesoraFrida

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