Successful Teachers Reflect on Their Work Throughout the Year

 In Assessment

Great teachers reflect on their work to assess what has been successful and what has not. Successful teachers are steadily asking themselves and their students:

What’s working well? Are there areas for improvement? Are there barriers that keep me from teaching at my best? Do these barriers keep students from learning?

When teachers do this quick self-assessment, they may also look at their daily plans and decide what to cut out the next time they do the lesson or what needs more focus. Check out the simple assessments below that can help you evaluate your long-term effectiveness as a classroom teacher.

The Effective Teacher GPA

 Teachers reflect at the end of the year.The “Effective Teacher GPA” is an online self-assessment tool where teachers grade themselves on 12 statements. This tool is found in the TeacherReady textbook, Who’s Engaged? Climb The Learning Ladder To See by Janet Pilcher. Try it yourself at Effective Teacher GPA – Self-Assessment. Grade yourself on each task with an A, B, C, D, or F. Then, calculate your score to see how effective you are in the classroom. After grading yourself, Pilcher suggests focusing on one item to improve and outlining associated actions for improvement by answering:

  • What one thing will I stop doing to be more effective in the next school year?
  • What one thing will I start doing to be more effective in the next school year?

After completing the self-assessment, a guide can help you reflect on your answers to develop professional goals that will support your growth as a teacher and as a professional. This tool also helps teachers write their professional goals for the next year. Are you a teacher that needs help to find the areas where you really need the most improvement? Here is a great guide to help you you see how you can make your practice even better: Teacher’s Self-Evaluation Guide.

Featured Image: Center for Courage and Renewal • Additional Image and Resource: Who’s Engaged? Book

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