Should Beginning Teachers Have a Mentor? Your Opinion, Please.

Teachers, do you believe new teachers would benefit from having a mentor or coach during their first year of teaching? Please take this very short survey. I will post the results once I get a good sample.  Take Our Survey!

Thank you!

 

 

Seven Student Standards for Teacher Evaluations

As I wrote in a previous post, last semester I asked my students what they thought was important for them to be evaluated on, and likewise, what they thought instructors should be evaluated on.  They mentioned the following items:

  • clarity of lesson  – Does the instructor give clear explanations and instructions?
  • variety of activities – Does the instructor use a variety of activities to make the class interesting and to help all students understand the lessons?
  • course pace or speed – Does the instructor go to fast or too slowly?
  • homework – Is the quantity of homework appropriate?
  • use of technology in instruction – Does the instructor use a variety of technology in class in order to make the class interesting and help the students with different learning styles learn?
  • use of textbook – Is the text being used enough to justify its cost to the students?
  • teacher availability or accessibility – Is the instructor available and accessible to students after class for extra assistance?

I’ve chosen to use the Blackboard survey tool  through Lockdown Respondus Browser for delivery of my questions.  It allows the students anonymity and ease of access both inside the classroom and out.  It also provides me with easy record keeping of the responses.  I use the opinion scale/likert style of question followed by a short answer question so the students can give feedback if they wish to explain their answers.

My plan is to make this survey a weekly task for the students with the intent of improving my teaching, but even more so to encourage the students to focus on what works or doesn’t work for them in class so they can learn more about their individual learning styles.

Like the rubric I wrote about in a previous post, neither is this survey carved in stone.  I expect to make changes along the way as the need arises.  However, I intend for the survey to remain short and easy to complete.  I also need to make very clear to the students that I DO NOT want them to tell me how wonderful I am but rather how I can improve as a teacher.  Each week I will briefly report to the students what the group has told me, and how I intend to use that information.  I will ask them from time to time if they notice any changes in the class or my teaching based on their responses to the survey over the weeks.  I want them to trust that what they are telling me is valuable to me and ultimately to them.

Here are the survey questions:

1.  The instructor used a variety of instructional methods and activities to teach this week’s necessary competencies.
a.  Strongly Agree
b. Agree
c. Neither Agree nor Disagree
d. Disagree
e. Strongly Disagree
f. Not Applicable
2.  Please add any information you wish to explain your answer to question number one regarding the instructor’s use of variety of instructional methods and activities.
3.  The instructor was clear in her instruction.  In other words, it was easy to understand her explanations.
a.  Strongly Agree
b. Agree
c. Neither Agree nor Disagree
d. Disagree
e. Strongly Disagree
f. Not Applicable
4.  Please add any information you wish to explain your answer to question number three regarding the instructor’s clarity of instruction.
5.  The instructor did not go too fast or too slow, but moved forward at a comfortable pace for me to learn.
a.  Strongly Agree
b. Agree
c. Neither Agree nor Disagree
d. Disagree
e. Strongly Disagree
f. Not Applicable
6.  Please add any information you wish to explain your answer to question number five regarding the speed or pace of the class.
7.  The instructor used a variety of technology to make the course interesting and to help us learn English.
a.  Strongly Agree
b. Agree
c. Neither Agree nor Disagree
d. Disagree
e. Strongly Disagree
f. Not Applicable
8.  Please add any information you wish to explain your answer to question number seven regarding the instructor’s use of technology in class.
9.  The instructor made herself available to help us at a variety of times and in a variety of ways.
1.  Strongly Agree
2.  Agree
3.  Neither Agree nor Disagree
4.  Disagree
5.  Strongly Disagree
6.  Not Applicable
10.   Please add any information you wish to explain your answer to question number nine regarding the instructor’s availability or accessibility.
11. The textbook was used adequately to justify its expense.  In other words, this week I felt like the textbook was worth the money I spent on it.
1.  Strongly Agree
2.  Agree
3.  Neither Agree nor Disagree
4.  Disagree
5.  Strongly Disagree
6.  Not Applicable
12.  Please add any information you wish to explain your answer to question number eleven regarding this week’s use of our textbook.
13.  The homework this week was appropriate in quantity and valuable to my learning English.
a.  Strongly Agree
b. Agree
c. Neither Agree nor Disagree
d. Disagree
e. Strongly Disagree
f. Not Applicable
14.  Please add any information you wish to explain your answer to question number eleven regarding this week’s homework appropriateness.