Student Evaluation of Educators

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Different opinions arise when it comes to whom is supposed to evaluate teachers’ performances as they educate students. Although teachers have had the proper education necessary to execute education in a classroom, some lack skills to present material which students can fully comprehend. In an effort to help students grasp learning material, the idea of students evaluating and grading their teacher’s performance has been suggested. This idea would be helpful to teachers who need views on how to reach slower students and whom welcome helpful criticism. However, the entire evaluation should not be based solely on students opinions. Teacher evaluations should not be done solely by students. However, if students filled out 10% of a teacher evaluation, which stated the student’s opinion about the teacher’s performance, this could be constructive for both teachers and students. Louisa Coburn stated, “Students are the main source of information about the learning environment, including teachers' ability to motivate students for continued learning, rapport or degree of communication among instructors and students.” Another suggestive idea about evaluating teachers are letter grades for their performance. This would be given by students. This could potentially be beneficial as well. In both cases, this would allow the teachers to understand how the students feel about teacher‘s instructional learning material. Teachers do not always meet the needs of individual students. Providing a way for students to give opinions about their teacher’s performance helps teachers to develop the flaws in their teaching habits. However, the controversy about grading, rating and evaluating is that students do not have enough knowledge on how to properly ... ... middle of paper ... ...inking of students’ education for the future should be a number one priority to educators. Works Cited Barrett, Joan. The Evaluation of Teachers. ERIC Digest 12. ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education , 1986. Web. 5 Dec. 2010. http://www.ericdigests.org/pre-925/evaluation.htm. Coburn, Louisa. Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance. ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests Measurement and Eval, 1984. Web. 5 Dec. 2010. . Doyle, Terry. Evaluation Teacher Effectiveness--Research Summary. Centering for Teaching and Learning, 30 Oct. 2002. Web. 5 Dec. 2010. http://www.ferris.edu/fctl/Teaching_and_Learning_Tips/Research%20on%20Students'%20Evalution%20of%20Faculty%20Teaching/EvalTeachEffec.htm. Huerner, Michael. Student Evaluations: A Critical Review. Web. 5 Dec. 2010. http://home.sprynet.com/~owl1/sef.htm.

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