Teacher evaluation is necessary due to the obvious fact that teacher’s personality and ability to teach in a professional manner significantly influence on students’ solid knowledge and attitude to study in general. A learning process is not about a person who gives nothing, but a naked outline of information. A great teacher inspires, helps and elicits from the students’ knowledge and deep understanding of facts and many other processes. The main purpose of teacher assessment is a formation of professionals who may change the future of education.
Current teacher assessment is aimed at fostering teacher constant professional development. Ongoing formative assessment is more diagnostic. It helps to reveal strengths and weaknesses of every teacher, their performance, and possible mistakes. It will give nothing but teachers’ growth and improved practical skills that will diversify and make the learning process efficient. Formative assessment is beneficial as it gives a teacher chance to enhance teaching and communicative skills that on the go. A teacher has a chance to consult other colleagues and learn from them.
Summative assessment is a more serious one as it is tied to strict rules, forms and guidelines. It is based on a certain commission outcome and its results influence teacher’s employment. The results do not undergo any discussions. Summative assessment is about documenting and questionnaires that are thoroughly elaborated according to certain criteria. They may contain yes/no questions that define teachers’ productivity.
The main criteria that teachers undergo for assessment are the following: ability to manage a classroom, the way a teacher can simply manage a big number of students, his/her ability to have an impact on students, so that they could be attentive listeners and effective performers. Another criterion is the teachers’ ability to elaborate teaching materials and their constant improvement. No doubt a great deal is the teacher’s ability to explain and give short, clear instructions, so that students could not spend much time on simply understanding what to do and the result a teacher awaits.
An Extra Quality
An effective teacher is also assessed by his/her ability to communicate effectively inside and outside the classroom. Teacher-student relations should be based on respect and positive attitude, that’s why activities outside the classroom are beneficial. Partnering with parents is a way to understand students more and is an additional stimulus to study.
Analysis and assessment are integral parts of any process. They help evaluate progress and weak points that should be changed. A teacher is not just a pupils’ manager and a person who only gives directions. He/she should constantly improve, grow, and look at himself/herself extrinsically.