How to Tell Your Teaching Effectiveness in the Classroom

 In Assessment, Tips for Teachers

Effective Teacher GPA

The Effective Teacher GPA is a great tool for teachers to use to help measure teaching effectiveness in the classroom. As a teacher, how well do you think you generally perform the following items?

  • I judge my ability to teach by how well my students learn rather than how well I teach content.
  • I am comfortable with others judging my ability to teach by how well my students learn.
  • If I leave school knowing many of my students did not learn as I expected, I determine that I did not teach very well that day.
  • I take full responsibility when my students fail to learn.
  • I do not blame students or their parents for my students failing to learn.
  • I do not move to another concept until my students have mastered the one at hand.
  • Each day, I clearly communicate what is expected of my students.
  • My students clearly see how one day of learning builds on the next day of learning.
  • I give my students ample time to practice learning tasks before I make a judgment about how well they learned.
  • I do not assign a daily grade to my students’ work when they are practicing learning tasks.
  • I create opportunities where my students receive continuous and specific feedback that helps them improve.
  • I consistently recognize my students’ strengths.

How to use this tool to help improve teaching effectiveness

Using the Effective Teacher GPA tool, teachers go Rating teaching effectivenssthrough the list of items above and rank themselves on each item giving themselves an A, B, C, D, or F.

A = always (97% of the time and above)
B = usually (80% to 96% of the time)
C = sometimes (40% to 79% of the time)
D = seldom (5% to 39% of the time)
F = never (less than 5%)

When we ask teachers to self-assess they tend to assign themselves a “C” average. Research over the years tells us that when teachers apply these actions in their classrooms, student achievement increases.


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