SELF EVALUATION INTEACHING AND ITS BENEFITSFundamentalto advancement in teaching efficiency is self-evaluation. “Without properself-evaluation, failure is inevitable” (John Wooden). Self-evaluation is the process whereby teachers view their growth,improvement, and attainment in teachingto figure out what has enhanced and what aspects still need enhancement. It isnot about dwelling on the flaws but trying to make amends in other to bebetter. The peculiarity of this process lies in the fact that teachers arepersonally involved in checking their own teaching.
Self-Evaluation is done inseveral ways. This essay considers three methods of self-evaluation (self-monitoring and goal setting, videorecording, and mentoring) and its benefits.Firstly,let’s take a look at self-monitoring and goal setting which is an importantsource of information for teaching evaluation. This involves teachers checkingtheir own performance as they teach. Prior to monitoring teachers set goals forthemselves. Goals are usually short term, medium term or long term. The goalsare further broken down into daily, weekly and monthly goals. At the end ofeach lesson or day, teachers would review their progress to ascertain what theyhave achieved and what they would like to achieve in the next lesson.
It isimportant to keep a journal so as to stay on track.Secondly,video or audio recording is an excellent way to improve teaching efficiency.Teachers can record their lessons and listen to them later on in detail. Thismethod is relevant because it’s an actual representation of the lesson. Itmakes teachers see themselves as students see them. It also shows the strengths as well as flaws of ateaching session and gives the teacher an opportunity to reflect on how toimprove. Recording sessions should be done at different intervals n a semesterto help keep track of progress made.
Anothermethod worth noting is mentoring. “Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear tolisten, and a push in the right direction” (John Crosby). It is professionalrapport in which an experienced teacher (mentor) helps another (mentee) inworking on specific skills to promote career and personal development. The mentor’sduty is to support the mentee in reaching their goals. The mentee would usuallyset goals which they’ll share with their mentor before observation. They bothdecide on a convenient time when the mentor can observe the mentee’slesson.
At the end of the observation, the mentor then gives positivefeedback and suggests areas that need improvement. Self-evaluationhelps teachers provide quality instruction to their students thereby improvingtheir educational experience. It also makes teachers aware of areas where theyneed professional development. Teachers are also able to determine if they areready to take on more challenging roles and responsibilities at work. Thepossibility of a fair and objective judgment of one’s performance is sometimesquestioned. It is believed that teachersare likely to be sentimental or biased while evaluating their own performance.This opinion, however, doesn’t eliminatethe fact that self-evaluation is essential to the improvement of teachingeffectiveness and when properly carried out using the right method producesvery good results. Self-evaluation is an invaluable piece of the intricatepuzzle behind teaching effectiveness.
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