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Should Students Evaluate Their Teachers? A reply ...

Don Doehla, MA, NBCT Co-Director East Bay WL Project at UC Berkeley Language Center

Ben Johnson's blog post on Edutopia is exciting to me! See it here:

Edutopia

I really love reflection as an instructional tool. Here is my reply to Ben's comments:

I regularly ask my students how I am doing as a part of my formative assessment process. This is easy to do in Edmodo - I create a few questions for reflection on the unit of instruction/learning, asking students to evaluate how they have done regarding learning objectives, and asking them for their input about my delivery, support, guidance... I ask them what works well for them, and what they would like me to do that would be more helpful. As I ask these questions, students have the option not to respond if they like, but almost everyone does respond. I have learned a great deal from my students! This approach has also offered me the opportunity to get to know the students in my class as well. I have nothing but good to gain by asking for their input!

Some colleagues ask me about the negative input I might receive and how I handle that. I think the way the questions are worded is helpful - rather than say what did NOT work, I prefer to ask how some activities might be improved. The subtle shift from a negative question to a positive one usually ensures a constructive response. I also work hard at guiding students to be reflective, positive, and engaged in their project groups. The culture of the class promotes positive engagement over criticism - critique is good, criticism is not so very helpful! I also like the protocol of "I like, I wonder, Next Steps might include..."

Reflection is a powerful tool for deeper learning. I encourage teachers to explore incorporating reflection as part of their teaching practice!

What about you WL teachers? How have you incorporated reflection as a tool for learning and engagement? Any success stories to share? I would love to hear your ideas! Lots to learn from this PLN!

Best to all,
Don

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It is good to have views of your students about your teaching. You will know about your negative points in your teaching. If they are not getting what you are teaching them then you can change your method of teaching.
It will help you as well as your students.
Thanks for sharing your experience with students Don.

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