What is the best way to evaluate teaching practices?
We have different ways of evaluating teachers' instructional design, lesson plans and pedagogy. Please share some concrete examples from your context which you think works.
If you look at it from a student's point of view it comes down did the teacher cover the curriculum required for me to be prepared for the exam whether that is some state exam, real estate, stock broker series 7, or standardized tests.
Having said that teachers can only go over the course, ask questions, answer questions, and explain why certain areas are key takeaways.
Ultimately it come down to the students being proactive when it comes to learning, doing assignments, and preparing for quizzes and exams.
It also helps in parents are engaged with teachers throughout the year to make sure everyone is aware of the progress or lack there of being made.
Naturally if most of a teacher's students are failing the standardized tests the teacher is going to be called to the mat. This holds true for any coach whose team loses constantly. They get rid of the coach and not the team.
This accountability issue has led many to accuse teachers of "teaching to the test" as oppose to concepts and approaches to reasoning. If we're measuring on test results what's do we expect?
I would employ the tenants of Revelation Theory of Learning (RTL). There are seven of these. If all 7 are observed during a specific lesson, namely:
(2) Effective Visuals
(3) Effective Language
(4) Association of curriculum to students...
(5) Technology that is Interactive
(6) Observation of learner by instructor that is frequent
(7) Non-biased delivery of instruction (Modern Socratic Method of Instruction) and there is a complete absence of the detractors; specifically,
(1) sophisticated language
There is a check-sheet for this to make the measurement of this relatively easy.
Thanks for introducing me to RTL, will research more on it. Just wondering on a couple of points, (a) what if all 7 elements are not happening on the same day (b) how to measure observation of learner and unbiased instruction?
If an instructor is not utilizing all 7, instruction will not be optimized. Some will not learn; thus, not pay attention and will get into trouble. The instructor must be witnessed (b) observing his students and (c) employing the M. Socratic Method.
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