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Old 05-17-2019, 10:20 AM
 
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This is not a vent, but I think this board gets more traffic. I wanted to hear advice and opinions: what do you think about giving kids teacher evaluations? Do you take them seriously? I usually give them but a couple of years ago I stopped.

I teach 9th grade and I gave them a teacher evaluation. I am not complaining but how seriously should I take them? I had a lot comment on how the class wasn't rigorous enough but I struggle with getting them to complete anything on their own at our district, we are encouraged (the right word is not allowed) to fail students. I can be rigorous but struggled with getting them to do the easiest tasks. Today, we just colored goal sheets and filled out the teacher evaluation--I had kids either not color them with effort or struggle to complete both handouts!

I also had comments about certain students being disruptive and that I allow it. In my district, the VP, although the sweetest man, does not discipline and the principal lets athletes slide. In years past when I had mouthy or talkative kids, I would redirect the behavior, but never let admin handle it for fear that the kid would come back with a smile on their face knowing I had no real power. How do you handle kids who can be too talkative without competent admin?

Again, not venting. I handed out the evaluations so I know I need to not complain but reflect. Just wanted to know how seriously you take the comments of school children on your teaching


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Old 05-17-2019, 11:17 AM
 
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I think if you give them you need to be prepared for the good and the bad.
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Old 05-17-2019, 01:27 PM
 
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We have to give our students a "perception survey" every year as part of our evaluation. It does not have a weight in our final score, but it is a piece we have to submit.

I have had some neat insight from my 3rd grade students. One of the questions is: "We waste time in this class". Quite a few of my students said yes to that and I was puzzled. I felt like I was a task master and kept them busy. Then , I heard myself say "Line up! We are wasting time!" one day and it clicked!

The surveys have made me reflect a bit more on my teaching. I also learned that one of our spelling words needs to be teacher.... a lot of their comments said I was a great 'techer'
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Old 05-17-2019, 01:48 PM
 
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I give a survey to my students. It's not for a formal evaluation, but I do like to receive their input. For the most part, the students are very honest. It's helped me decide what works, what can be changed, and what can be scrapped. I think it's very helpful because their comments/insights tend to be better than the admin evaluations. They are also older elementary so they can articulate things better than some of the younger students.
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I give a survey.
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It's only for my eyes, though. I like to hear what the kids have to say. It helps me develop and modify my lessons and my classroom management.


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Our students fill out a teacher survey for the sate, and it affects our evaluation. Ten questions that need to be answered by rating 1 - 5. You know it's a popularity thing! If you're an easy fun teacher you get the highest ratings, if you have high expectations and make them work, you get the lowest ratings. Heck, if I was offered this opportunity when I was in middle school I would have done the same thing.

I used to have my students fill one out that I made - just for my information. That one was valid and worthwhile.
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I don't take what kids say seriously
Old 05-18-2019, 11:09 AM
 
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Because I know how stupid I was a teenager, and I know that most of what kids say is motivated only by doing less for a higher grade. Moreover, the so-called experts even say that adolescents' brains aren't fully developed, even as seniors in high school. Why would I take what they say seriously? You can't have it both ways (kids can't be incapable of any accountability and all-knowing education experts).

I do occasionally have informal conversations about with kids I trust about what was on the SAT or what they're doing in the dual credit version of my content area.
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I could see this being useful information if it's for the teacher's eyes only (not being sent to admin or used as part of the teacher's actual eval). I would think you'd have to take everything with a grain of salt, but if you keep seeing the same comments over and over again, that might be something to think about.

Last year, I had a student who was constantly making comments related to me "never smiling" or "being unhappy." The comments were rude and I told her so, BUT it did make me reflect about how I'm coming off to students.
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Old 05-19-2019, 03:15 PM
 
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Are struggling with discipline, there are some great resources online. I believe you should not look to admin unless it is very serious offense. I think you can find some high school behavior programs.
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:40 AM
 
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I really like this advice and need to remember it!! If I have witnessed children being irresponsible, what made me think I should trust their comments 100%?? Thanks. And you're right, most of the comments were by students who were not willing to put in the work, but wanted an A.


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