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Students create a “teacher report card.” Then they grade the teacher.
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Students will receive their report cards in the next few days. Since you have taken a great deal of time to grade their performance, why not take this opportunity to give them a chance to grade your performance?
You might begin this lesson by talking about some of the things you consider as you grade students' efforts. Or you might turn over the responsibility for this discussion to them by asking What are some of the things that you think I consider as I determine your report card grades?
After students have talked about elements of the teacher grading them, turn the discussion toward the work that you do. You might pose this question: If teachers were to get report cards, what are some of things that might be considered when a teacher is graded? Students might offer suggestions such as
Note: Write down all student ideas as they are given. Some ideas might be redundant, but redundant ideas can be weeded out later. Students can do that, or you might do that if you create the final list of characteristics on which your teaching will be graded.
The list of characteristics that students come up with can provide the basis for a "teacher report card." Students might rate you on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) in each of the categories of teaching that they deemed important. If you create this "teacher report card," you might want to include an area below each cateogory for students to write comments. Teachers can learn a lot from students' comments.
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You might emphasize that you
You might mention that students' report card grades have been turned in already, so "buttering up" the teacher will not change their final grades.
This activity is not assessed; it is, instead, an opportunity for students to reflect without assessment. In this activity, students are the assessors.
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