Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Assessing your Teaching- One Class at a Time

Do you ever assess yourself teaching a class? I believe it is just as important as assessing your students. Last night I tapped myself teaching a ballet class to my 3-4 year olds. I came home and watched it back. For the most part, I was happy to see what I look like and sound teaching these girls. Here is what I noticed...

1) I expect them to be good listeners. (they usually are!)
2) I say "are you ready?" and "here we go" way to much.
3) I give the girls a lot of compliments and smiles!
4) I dance and move with them, so important with the littles.
5) They want to be close to me and show me everything. I always respond!

Have you ever assessed yourself teaching? What did you find? Did you change anything after you you watched yourself? I would like to do this again in different types of classes and with different age groups. I think it's a great way to become a better teacher and a simple way to improve the little things that teachers say and do. Try it out... You might surprise yourself!

(photo by Kiasa Carini)


  1. thank you - I found this really helpful information

  2. yesss... we have a video camera that we got from a grant at the high school last year and I tape the kids so they can do self-assessments... then of course I am watching along with them and can do my own self-assessment... it is very helpful because I find myself doing great things and then seeing so much room for improvement and I hate the sound of my

  3. Thank you ladies for your comments! I know, listening to my voice always bothers me too! :) It is nice to observe though!

  4. I am watching along with them and can do my own self-assessment..

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