Constructive Criticism Of A Teacher

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As society evolves, people often ask themselves how good or bad a teacher could be or even what do students think about their performance. In order to figure this out, they would most likely allude to student evaluations about teachers. This might sound like a good source of information, however, student evaluations are not always trustworthy and reliable because students could be biased when giving their opinions, it could cause constructive criticism between the student and teacher, and they could sometimes not correlate with valid, teacher performance evaluations. Those are only a few of the many reasons why student evaluations are not worthy of reading. To start off, student evaluations are not always trustworthy and reliable because students…show more content…
Teachers usually ask for students’ opinions on not only the learning experience but also on the environment they’re in. For example, things like classroom decorations, lesson plans, field trips, etc. Even though student evaluations might sound appetizing for these kind of questions, once again they’re not. As a matter of fact, further on in Rojstaczer’s book he states that it causes “constructive criticism”. As we know, constructive criticism has a positive denotation when it comes to the subject but the main reason why student evaluations should be used is not for other things not related to the learning experience, but for a teacher’s performance so that it improves the learning…show more content…
Besides the regular student evaluation sheets students get throughout their school years, teachers do get valid performance evaluations from other staff members in their school and even from school experts that monitor teachers every school year. On a personal experience, when I was younger I would always ask myself who are those people that sometimes walk in my classroom in the middle of a lesson with a clipboard on their hands and dressed in casual attires looking serious, now I could say that those people are evaluating my teacher’s performance at that time. The most notorious of all this is that teachers actually do care a lot more about those random observations that might happen twice a year than an evaluation done by students that engage with them throughout the whole year. Rebecca Shuman, a writer and author of Schadenfreude, A Love Story, stated in a news article she wrote in 2014 titled “Needs Improvement” that, “student evaluations are not only useless, they’re biased”. In her article, she shares a little bit of her teaching years and how student evaluations meant nothing for her. “The student evaluations of teaching (SETs) I’ve received during my decade-long teaching career have meant absolutely nothing. This is because student evaluations are useless”. Based on this information we can conclude that teachers
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