How do you evaluate your practice?

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  1. Emir Plicanic

    Emir Plicanic New Member

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    Do you use video? If so, are there specific apps you use and why? If you're not using video do you rely on in-classroom observations? Do you trust the observer?
     
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  3. rpan

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    I think self-reflection plays a big part in evaluating your practice and something you can do much more often than formal or informal evaluations. You know you are successful when there are gains in student behaviour, engagement and achievement and vice versa.
     
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  4. FrankFromFranklin

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    I have no specific way to document how I am doing. I mainly just go off the vibe of the class. If they are engaged and getting stuff done and participating I feel like I did well that day. If they don't have enough to keep them busy or if they look bored I re-evaluate what I did that day and why it wasn't successful.
     
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    My school has a Teacher Observation Club. We meet at lunch every other week to either reflect on a reading or debrief an observation. It’s completely voluntary, and the teacher being observed identifies a focus area; we drop in on our prep periods and only stay for a few minutes. The teacher who leads the group has had training in using protocols for this kind of activity, so it’s all quite positive. It’s interesting observing other content areas; in high school, we become pretty isolated in our own departments.
     
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    There was a time when I would welcomed professional feedback from my colleagues or the principal regarding my teaching skills. To this end, I've purposely invited the principal, school psychologist, teachers and even the speech therapist to observe my lessons. Would you believe everyone except for the speech therapist actually fell asleep in my room right in the middle of the lesson? My students giggled while I continued teaching (missing several good photo opps). So much for informal peer review of my teaching ability.

    Every year teachers in my former district had to spend several days combing through assessment data to determine how well we were doing our jobs. Like many other districts that claim to be "data driven", this annual ritual hardly made a dent in improving student achievement.

    So, instead of taking copious notes and keeping extensive records like I used to do as a young teacher, I learned to rely on a few basic indicators to assess my expertise (similar to those mentioned by rpan) - these can also be used to assess almost any classroom: (1) Are students intrinsically motivated to excel? This means they don't require any extrinsic rewards or frequent praise. (2) Are all students actively engaged throughout the learning activity? (3) Are students demonstrating their mastery of the material? (4) Do students demonstrate their excitement in learning the material?
     
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  7. Belch

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    A simple video of the class works wonders for me. Place a video camera in the back of the class and I promise you, you'll be your own worst critic.

    I can barely stand watching them, but I always do one at the beginning of the year and another towards the end. They help point out my many faults and the videos are brutally honest.

    It's helped by dealing with everything from slumping too much, putting a bit more effort into dressing, penmanship on the board, umming and erring, and most importantly, watching those videos and thinking that I made a total mess of a particular explanation which makes me rethink how I explain difficult concepts in a more comprehensible manner.

    My school also has questionnaires given to the students once a semester where the students rate us on a number of things like how much they enjoyed the class to how closely we stuck to the syllabus.

    Between the students assessing me, and assessing myself via the videos, I always end up having a lot on my plate as far as improvement goes.
     
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    Evaluating your own teaching practice is a great way to get feedback and analyse your teaching practice to see if the outcomes are achieved. It helps teachers to make changes and improve their teaching content and strategies if there is need for that. I do my lesson evaluation most often after teaching. It provides me with the feedback as how the lesson went on and also the changes that I need to make to have an effective lesson for future. I also do program evaluation after the teaching of the entire program. Evaluating the program once it is taught also helps with future planning of the program and making improvement in the program. Student reflection at the end of the program is another way to evaluate the teaching learning practice. This also provides feedback on the students achievement and later it can be used to make changes to the teaching practice for effective teaching and learning process.
     
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    Emir Plicanic New Member

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    Do you use any specific apps like Vosaic Connect to help you stay focused on reviewing video?
     
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    You folk must be paid very well.
     

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