Relying on feedback when it comes to measuring your progress as an educator is probably nothing you haven’t heard of.
You became a teacher because of your great love for a subject area and a yearning to pass it along to young people. The art of showing this passion to students, parents and the school board is a tough one to master nevertheless.
Having certain aspects of your performance reviewed regularly is one way to do it candidly.
After all, gathering feedback is extensively used in so many fields, not only in education. Businesses employ customer satisfaction surveys to improve the quality of their products and services. They also take advantage of employee satisfaction surveys to upgrade company culture and motivate teams. And the examples could go on.
1. Student feedback
As the students are the primal beneficiaries of the education system, it’s only fair to give them a way to voice their feelings. After all, no one observes you more – and better – than they do. Hearing what they have to say will allow you to leverage your teaching methods to their level of comprehension and achieve more for yourself as an educator during the process. Show genuine interest in their opinions, as they are able to spot phonies from miles away.
Student perception surveys will give you insights on how clear your explanations are to them, whether they feel comfortable to ask for further clarifications, which lessons they found interesting and which bored them the most, what classroom activities they would care for, and so on.
How to do it? Conducting an end-of-the-year online survey will offer you the chance to review your teaching efficiency over summer. Let your learners answer anonymously to the teacher evaluation form so that they feel more at ease with the questionnaire.
Don’t want to wait so long for those answers? Provide them with student satisfaction surveys at the end of the most important lessons throughout the year, to gain some input on how to present similar subjects in the near future.
2. School feedback
Having educators evaluated by their colleague teachers or members of the School Board also brings useful insights.
It identifies what aspects of teaching need improvement across the school, how teachers apply school methodology and what learning opportunities for educators are in order.
After attending one of your classes, the evaluators could easily fill online this classroom observation form that can be improved from year to year to overcome the shortcomings of the evaluation process.
3. Parent feedback
Last, but not least, parents should be able to express how they perceive their progress, how happy their children are with the school activities, and whether they feel safe within the premises.
The end-of-the-year survey I mentioned above could easily be personalized to reach the parents. Or you can use this ready-made Parent School Climate Survey.
It’s perfectly normal to be reluctant about getting feedback, especially from students. Some of them are bound to leave angry messages from time to time. However, every type of feedback is, in the end, a step forward.