Why wait until the student opinion surveys are tallied or until your dean, department head, or program manager evaluates you to find out how well you perform as an educator? And better yet why let someone else tell you whether you are doing a good job?! Harness the power of self-evaluation to assess your superstar status at the front of that room! (And if you conduct meetings, this is just as relevant! Simply exchange "students," "class," and "lesson" for "meeting attendees, "meeting," and "content/agenda.")
How exactly is this done? Simple! Ask and answer these questions at the conclusion of class (or a meeting!):
To be entirely clear, this does not have to be a formal event; print this checklist and post it in your workspace, so upon the conclusion of a class session, you can effortlessly evaluate your class performance.
Educators (and if you facilitate meetings or presentations you are indeed an educator with an audience of students in front of you) who know student performance can be directly influenced by instructor performance are the educators who engage in ongoing assessment. They are also the ones who embrace this beautiful opportunity to design within themselves the educators they wish they had had before them when they were students.
Educators should assess their performance at least a couple of times a month, and at a minimum, conduct an assessment upon conclusion of the term as a means of reflection and preparation for the next term. And in all honesty, it is not entirely unrealistic to conduct an assessment at the conclusion of every class or even at the conclusion of every week; you can always mentally review during your walk from the classroom to your workspace what worked well and that upon which could be improved … easy as that!
If you are the conscientious educator who sincerely wants to improve for the sake of students’ success, who wants to be the most dynamic educator ever, then you can appreciate the strength in self-assessment, a supremely proactive move to confirm, without a doubt, your class session was amazing.