Learn. Relearn. Unlearn.
Those three powerful characteristics of teachers with growth mindset. I believe LEARNING is FOOD for PASSION. Without strong learning motivation, I think it’s impossible for teachers to grow better. So, how do we practice learn, relearn, and unlearn? In this post, I will discuss simple practice you can try at your class. We might often do it to our students, but we rarely do it to ourselves. It’s called “Evaluation”.
Why do we need to evaluate ourselves?
Evaluation is one of the higher order thinking skills that you frequently do when you mark your students essay, observe their behavior, and assess student presentation skills. Evaluation is absolute aspect of learning. Without evaluation, we can’t never measure our students learning experiences. Unfortunately, many of us only do it for the sake of students’ assessment so that we can write their progress report and report card. But the question is how often do we evaluate others so that we could get our personal progress report? How do we measure the growth of our learning experiences as teachers?
Well, we must admit being assessed, judged, or evaluated is not something we like. In fact, it might hurt us because sometimes it’s very subjective and inaccurate. But, it’s crucial for us to reflect our learning progress so that we can decide what do we need to learn, relearn, and unlearn for better practice.
Maybe we might say, “Oh, I am not capable of assessing myself. Someones who has higher position than me should do that for me. Perhaps, the government, principal, or curriculum department should do that.” But, the bad news that I am worried about is your government, principal, or curriculum department will not always do that or even will not always tell you real and direct feedback.
That’s why you should start designing your own evaluation!
Who Should Evaluate You?
There are so many ways for us to evaluate our teaching progress. But, I think one of the simplest and coolest assessor is your students. WHAT? My students? I am the one who should assess them! Yes, you ARE. You even always do. But, since our subject of learning is our students, have we ever thought that they see, observe, and evaluate you every single day?
Government, principal, or teacher trainer might not be there every time you teach. But your students always there. So why don’t ask them to evaluate you? They know your good time and bad time. They meet you from the 1st day of school till the end. They’re absolutely the best resources for your evaluation.
How do your students evaluate you?
To make it quicker and simpler, technology has the answer to help students evaluate you.
It’s Google Forms.
Free. Simple. Accessible. Comprehensive.
Those are the reasons why I choose this technology to assess you.
First, you can google “Google Form” and you will see this kind of interface.
Second, click Create and Form, then you will be directed to ‘form dashboard’ where you are able to design your own form.
Third, create one or multiple focus on what you want to evaluate in your teaching practice. It could encompass area of -Classroom Management -Teaching strategies -Discipline -Critical and Creative Thinking -Engagement and Involvement -Anything you do in class!
Fourth, design your questions or statement to get the feedback from students. Use simple language that your students easy to follow.
Fifth, choose the ways your how your students giving you feedback. It can be multiple choice, rating scale, short essay, paragraph, or any ways that help you clear feedback. I suggest you use two methods quantitative where you can get exact number and qualitative where you can get descriptive comments. Both will help you to get comprehensive feedback about you.
Sixth, publish it in your class. You can explain the purpose of evaluation for the sake of your learning progress. Make sure that your students know it’s safe and does not affect students grade. You can blast the link via email or social media. Give your students to fill it.
Feel free to explore my evaluation on three different classes here.
You can use my questions as example.
Seventh, analyze summary of responses.
Google Form will show complete quantitative and qualitative analysis by providing table, graph and collection of descriptive responses. After you get all students feedback, prepare your heart to accept the best and worst evaluation. Some students might have different ways of responses.
But, the most important thing to do, you need to see the bigger picture of it. Classify area that you already master or need to be improved in the future. Then, reflect what you need to learn to keep the positive progress, what you need to unlearn to overcome your weakness, and what you need to relearn to make it better.
This is sample of Summary of responses in my three different class. You can click it here:
Finally, you can try to implement to your students as well. Let them make their own evaluation about themselves using google form. Evaluation is actually something fun and it bring your students to practice higher order thinking.
Spread the spirit of growth mindset using evaluation!