Going through the previous episodes, you will realize we touched how to start, needed skills, styles and manners as well as other essentials in the act of teaching. Here, we will be discussing a concept commonly mistaken for the end of teaching processes. In fact it is a director to the “why and how” of the whole process. It is EVALUATION. Far from ordinary testing, evaluation is a routine process in teaching, ranging from your questions after each lesson to working on students’ scores in examination.
Main reason for evaluation is in twofold; judging the instruction i.e. knowing whether or not you have perfectly delivered and secondly is measurement of learning outcome i.e. making judgement on how well the students have learnt. This is to say evaluation is not solely about the students but the teacher as well. Hence, below are basic points you will need to know;
Asking questions at the end of each lesson is very important, it makes you know whether or not students got the lesson right and that they have not confused similar ideas. Always do this….
Aside testing in the classroom, try to issue homework, it provides freedom and opportunity to research…and copy too, so check that. Set out C.A questions carefully and correspond them with behavioral objectives. Mark carefully as well.
Revise the term work with your students before they go on for examination and make yourself available for questions and clarifications. It is worthwhile to give a piece of advice too. Let them know that the examination may not reflect their values and abilities, however encourage them to study well. Do not make it seem like they are in for a battle, make them know nothing would be asked except that which was taught and revised. Try these and see your students come out in flying colors.
Aftermath of evaluation
In the process of evaluating students’ performance you may realize some flaws in your instructional methods, especially when a large percentage fails, in such case you need to work on your techniques. In some cases, you will realize a great misconception took place, you should simply clarify that. You will get to know about individual students’ problem too, but note that failure is not a student’s fault when you leave out essential requirements in teaching. Do not criticize or compare students, appreciate those who performed well and cheer up those who did not do quite well and know! Not every kid is an “A” student.
Evaluation as you can see, is about feedback….”copa-ticha series” needs to be evaluated also…evaluate it!