Do you want to become a better teacher? Of course you do! You are already a great teacher, but wouldn’t it be nice to see yourself from the kids’ perspectives? Well, you can! Let your students grade you. Be prepared to hear how great you are, but be prepared to hear some interesting ideas about your clothing, why you shouldn’t drink coffee in the morning, or how you talk a lot and waste class time. (Yes, all three of those are true for me!)
I love to do this, because I have been teaching for a long time and I know I’m a great teacher, but despite all of my preparation and hard work, I am human. I get tired. I might be kind of sarcastic. (I’ve REALLY worked on that one…) Some years, I have seen as many as 160 students in a day. It’s really hard to listen to everyone, all day, and still be on point for that last class of 35. But hey, that IS my job, and sometimes I need to be told by my kids what they need from me. I tell them all day what they need to do to be successful. Isn’t it only fair that they would get to tell me what I need to do for them to be successful?
Here’s a real sample from my class. I love the honesty here. Like I said, no one is perfect, and this student sure lets me know what I’m good (and not so good) at. 🙂
FYI: I would not say I have a weird sense of humor, but I do LOVE dumb jokes. And my handwriting… well, I guess I did know that one!
You can find this FREE teacher grade card here:
I hope you enjoy this and find it helpful! If you want, you can even pack the students’ finished sheets in your summer box of things to do (mine usually doesn’t get touched until well into July) and you can read it while sitting on your deck in the sun with your favorite beverage. It’s what I always do. 🙂