How does one measure a Teacher’s Performance?
One would immediately consider assessment scores of students. But if you think about it, a teacher’s role in a child’s life is not just to teach them. A child looks up to the teacher for guidance. Younger kids learn so much about life in school from their teacher and fellow students. Teachers become role models for children, and it is no surprise that many kids at early ages want to become a teacher, just like the one they admire.
So, it is clearly unfair to assume that a teacher’s performance or role can only be measured by scores in assessments.
Then how can we measure a teacher’s performance?
When a user asked this question on Quora, Jennifer Davis Bowman replied quite aptly with what pointers should be considered where a teacher’s performance is concerned. She has a degree of Ed.D. in Special Education, a Licensed School Counselor and a Writer.
As Jennifer mentioned, it is a complicated question. In measuring her performance as an Educator, she would reflect on the following questions.
How do students respond to the teacher?
Perhaps providing multiple opportunities for student feedback would reveal this answer.
How does the teacher perceive their own performance?
Self-assessments are powerful and an easy way to begin to see areas of teacher strengths and weaknesses.
How successful are the students?
This is a tricky question. The answer here really depends on how you define success. Are we talking about student success from outcomes like grades or tests? Are we talking about student success like progress, participation, or effort? The definition will help in selecting the strategy for examining if students are successful.
How well is the teacher able to manage the classroom?
Specifically, how well does the teacher manage variables such as
a) effective use of classroom management
b) effective use of research-based strategies such as appropriate praise and appropriate feedback
Classroom observation by peers or administration may give insight as to how the teacher addresses these issues.
How does the teacher make efforts to sharpen their skills and enhance their own knowledge?
Examining teacher involvement in education conferences, training, or continuing education would help determine this.
How does the teacher adapt?
Specifically, how effectively, does the teacher adapt:
a) lesson plans
b) assignment deadlines
c) homework policies
We can talk about a variety of Classroom Management Strategies, and Teacher Improvement Criterias. But what really matters is how a teacher implements them in the classroom. It all depends on teachers and the relationship they have with their students.
This article, as mentioned above, has been inspired by an answer on Quora. Read the original here.