Teaching and mentoring are becoming a more common part in the process of education. We all know that teaching is a good profession but what we need to know is that one has to go through lot of training before becoming a good teacher. They are being evaluated every day, and that’s done by students, parents and administrators of schools and organization.
There is lot of pressure on teachers to come up with the standards of our society as they bring the future of society to stand on their own. A weak teacher can never produce a student of good standards.
The main criteria used to determine teacher quality is the track record of teacher on the basis of the teaching, learning and assessment cycle. It can include intangible and tangible teaching aspects also.
Main ideas behind teacher evaluation
• The main purpose of teacher evaluation is to improve their teaching and ability to understand their students.
• All teachers are good in different subject areas. They can work in rather very diverse settings. Even students have different kinds of demands and criteria for quality teaching. Teachers are to be evaluated as per their quality and should have an equal opportunity to document their quality in the ways most appropriate to them.
• Good teaching can be accepted when the teaching is done by highlighting the actual performances, outcomes, or preparations that play a important role in specific teacher performance.
Evaluation is a very important job so to be a successful evaluation method it must be effective, reliable, and efficient.
Here are a few steps being followed in the teacher evaluation process:
Teacher Interview: to have one-to-one conference with the teacher at the time of hiring them and then communicate that evaluation results to knowledgeable teacher or administrator.
Classroom Observation: mainly performed by school administrators for beginning teachers as well as experienced teachers.
Peer Review: colleagues are assigned to watch classroom plans, examine lesson plans, tests, and assignments.
Teachers Self-Evaluation: formal evaluation methods used with all other data to identify weak areas of classroom management ability.
Student Ratings: a very important part of evaluation, which uses student ratings in teacher evaluation. When students evaluate their teachers, they give possibilities for the administration to award the best ones. Choosing the best teacher can help to encourage other teachers to improve themselves.