This year, our new head of school initiated school-wide teacher evaluation surveys to be completed by students.
The questions were relevant, and I was mostly very happy with the students’ responses.
There were two areas, where “sometimes” was the modal response, rather than “often” or “very often”. So I decided to tackle those two issues up front.
The first “sometimes” was in response to the prompt “My teacher models the school’s core values.” When I spoke to the students about this, they smiled and said “none of the teachers deal with the core values”. I actually think they misinterpreted the question as something like “My teacher explicitly incorporates the core values into lessons.” But they certainly have a point: neither the students nor I knew the core values. So I read them out to the class.
So now my challenge is to incorporate these values into lesson and unit plans, I think. Or post a different one on the class website every week or month, perhaps.