This time of school year I tend to get really reflective. I think a lot of what I loved about this school year, and what needs to get kicked to the curb to make next year better. While I have always had a laundry list of items to work on I find it extremely important to also get feedback from my students and their families. I mean, who would be better at offering suggestions on things they loved as well as the things that may have been in the way of an even better experience.
I use these FREE Student and Family Evaluations to get some insight into what my clients are thinking. The opinions that really matter to me are those of my clients, my clients being my students and their families. So, every year about this time I pull on my big girl panties and ask for some honest, no holds barred feedback in the form of a teacher evaluation. Is it always easy? No, but it is always worth it.
Giving the Evaluations
This pack has two sets of evaluations, one for students and the other for parents.
The student evaluation I give in class. I make sure that students know that I want their complete honesty, and for this reason, we keep them completely anonymous. Before giving out the evaluation we talk about honesty, and how you can be honest without being mean. I like to share comments that I have received in the past and share how they helped me to shape our classroom. This really gives students ownership. In the six years that I have given these evaluations, my students have always taken them very seriously. I believe this is because they know that I truly want to know what they think.
The parent evaluation I send home. I have sent it home as a paper copy and as an attachment to an email. Both have worked out well, but I have had a higher return on the paper copy. I think this might have to do with the anonymity allowing families to be truly honest. Placing a box at the back of the room and asking students to place it in the box by a certain date worked well. I don’t open the box until that date so I really have no idea whose is whose. Either way that you choose to share with parents I would recommend attaching a note stating that you would like honest opinions and again give examples of how they have helped you to grow as a professional.
In the end, do I always want to hear what is said. No, I don’t want to think that I am not the perfect teacher, BUT I NEED to hear it, because that is how you grow.
One year I was feeling particularly brave and gave the evaluation three times:
First around parent conferences in October.
Again at the end of the first semester.
Then wrapped up the year by giving them again the last week of school.
I received so much wonderful feedback in both glow and grow areas I used to really improve my teaching and classroom environment.
Interpreting the Evaluations
After You Digest Your Evaluations
If you are feeling brave and ready to try out this Teacher Evaluation System for yourself, then hop on over to TPT to grab this free printable!
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