Use our printable guide to track your teaching progress.
By Rachel Padilla
As the fall semester comes to a close, you may find yourself breathing a sigh of relief and making plans for Christmas break relaxation and festivities. But before school starts again, set yourself up for success by taking some time to assess how your year is going. We assess our students throughout the year. Why not track our own progress?
A self-assessment midway through the year can provide the direction and motivation you need to accomplish your goals in the second semester. It can help you focus on what is most important in your classroom, what you are doing well, and what changes you can make to help yourself and your students be more successful.
It is important to set aside an appropriate block of time free from other distractions when completing this self-assessment. This is strictly for your own personal growth and is not meant to be used as an administrative tool. If you’d like to share with a coworker or coach you can so as to help keep yourself accountable to your goals and objectives. But know that this is your choice so that you can be totally honest with yourself as you complete the assessment.
Be intentional and reflective as you go through each step and question. Rushing this kind of assessment will not give you the best results or set you up for success. There are a variety of things to consider when assessing your life as a teacher. You may find you want to go deeper on a certain topic or that there are related aspects you want to reflect on. This is the purpose of the final section: to help you assess your teaching widely and deeply.
Midyear Self-Assessment for Teachers
- What are your goals and objectives for the year? Do you need to create new objectives or change any goals?
- What are you doing well?
- What sticks out to you as an area for improvement?
Planning and Organization
- Do you feel prepared for your lessons?
- Do you answer emails and messages in a timely manner?
- Can you find what you need on your desk or in your workspace?
- Do you use your planning time effectively?
Grading and Student Progress
- Do your assignments give students meaningful practice?
- Are your assessments focused on what is most important for students to be able to do/know?
- Do you have a consistent routine for grading?
- Do you give back assignments in a timely manner?
- Do students know and follow your classroom expectations?
- Is there a spirit of community in your classroom?
- Do your students know you care?
- How are you supporting struggling learners?
- How are you challenging students who are excelling?
- How are you working with others in your building or beyond to help all your students succeed?
- Are you communicating effectively with parents? Are your communications reactive or proactive?
- Do you have a method and routine for regularly updating families on what’s going on in your classroom?
- Do you handle parents’ concerns and questions appropriately and in a timely manner?
- Are you maintaining your responsibilities at home? If not, is there anything you could delegate or simplify?
- Are you spending time in prayer and making God a priority?
- Do you have goals outside of school? Are you taking steps to accomplish them?
- What new or adjusted goals can you set for second semester?
- What do you need to spend time reflecting on more deeply?
- What area(s) of your teaching life were not covered here? How can you improve in those additional areas?
Rachel Padilla is a campus minister in Colorado.
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