Just as with any skilled professional, a good
teacher makes the job look easy. But, as any educator knows, the art of
teaching requires constant energy, practice, and progress. One essential
element of developing as a teacher is taking the time every so often to
evaluate one's own practices. Use our printable checklists as a starting
point for your self-assessment and self-improvement.
This checklist was adapted from Learning
not just for beginners: The Essential Guide for All Teachers
by Linda Shalaway in The
A well-organized classroom sets the stage for teaching and learning. Evaluate
the effectiveness of your space.
Printable version (PDF)
Routines and Procedures
Routines are the backbone of daily classroom life. See if your system
is helping you run your classroom smoothly.
Family involvement is necessary for successful schooling. When parents
volunteer their time and attention, students achieve more and like school
better. Are you doing everything you can to build strong relationships
with your students' families?
With advance planning, you can be prepared for the unpredictable. Is your
Reaching All Students
Teaching requires understanding the individual differences of all students
in your classroom. Evaluate how well your practices accommodate the needs
of everyone in your class.
There has been a lot of emphasis on effective assessment recently. Successful
assessment strategies allow you to fairly and accurately evaluate the
real learning of all your students. See whether your assessment strategies
follow best practices in the field.
Teaching Kids to Care
No matter what subject(s) you teach, your job is not limited to just pure
academics. A nurturing school environment facilitates student confidence
and comfort, which in turn aid the learning process. In addition, teaching
children to care is part and parcel of sparking social consciousness and
integrity. Are you following the steps to promoting a sense of caring
Everyone benefits when teachers share information and wisdom. Are you
making the most of associations with fellow educators?
Whether you are a new or veteran teacher, you should actively continue
your professional development. Are you exploring all the recommended practices
and resources that are important for professional growth?
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