SELF EVALUATION IN
TEACHING AND ITS BENEFITS

Fundamental
to advancement in teaching efficiency is self-evaluation. “Without proper
self-evaluation, failure is inevitable” (John Wooden). Self-evaluation is the process whereby teachers view their growth,
improvement, and attainment in teaching
to figure out what has enhanced and what aspects still need enhancement. It is
not about dwelling on the flaws but trying to make amends in other to be
better. The peculiarity of this process lies in the fact that teachers are
personally involved in checking their own teaching. Self-Evaluation is done in
several ways. This essay considers three methods of self-evaluation   (self-monitoring and goal setting, video
recording, and mentoring) and its benefits.

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Firstly,
let’s take a look at self-monitoring and goal setting which is an important
source of information for teaching evaluation. This involves teachers checking
their own performance as they teach. Prior to monitoring teachers set goals for
themselves. Goals are usually short term, medium term or long term. The goals
are further broken down into daily, weekly and monthly goals. At the end of
each lesson or day, teachers would review their progress to ascertain what they
have achieved and what they would like to achieve in the next lesson. It is
important 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. This
method is relevant because it’s an actual representation of the lesson. It
makes teachers see themselves as students see them. It also shows the strengths as well as flaws of a
teaching session and gives the teacher an opportunity to reflect on how to
improve. Recording sessions should be done at different intervals n a semester
to help keep track of progress made.

Another
method worth noting is mentoring. “Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to
listen, and a push in the right direction” (John Crosby). It is professional
rapport in which an experienced teacher (mentor) helps another (mentee) in
working on specific skills to promote career and personal development. The mentor’s
duty is to support the mentee in reaching their goals. The mentee would usually
set goals which they’ll share with their mentor before observation. They both
decide on a convenient time when the mentor can observe the mentee’s
lesson.  At the end of the observation, the mentor then gives positive
feedback and suggests areas that need improvement.

Self-evaluation
helps teachers provide quality instruction to their students thereby improving
their educational experience. It also makes teachers aware of areas where they
need professional development. Teachers are also able to determine if they are
ready to take on more challenging roles and responsibilities at work. 

The
possibility of a fair and objective judgment of one’s performance is sometimes
questioned. It is believed that teachers
are likely to be sentimental or biased while evaluating their own performance.
This opinion, however, doesn’t eliminate
the fact that self-evaluation is essential to the improvement of teaching
effectiveness and when properly carried out using the right method produces
very good results. Self-evaluation is an invaluable piece of the intricate
puzzle behind teaching effectiveness.

 

 

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