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If you were asked to make a fair evaluation of your teachers, what criteria would you use?

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If you were asked to make a fair evaluation of your teachers, what criteria would you use?

The profession of a teacher has been one of the most important and responsible ones in the history of mankind. A lot is changing in course of time, but the essence of a teacher’s vocation remains the same. He has to guide a person through the early stages of life and help children and teenagers form a strong personality and understand different unwritten laws of society. Below I will present the main criteria of teachers’ evaluation from my point of view. First of all, teacher has to possess extensive knowledge in the field of his competence. It is of high importance for him to be able to explain every nuance of his subject and answer all the possible questions. Thus, the main criterion is profound knowledge of subject. Besides, a teacher has to have rich background information and be able to properly apply it, i.e. to present the information to his pupils, but not to show students that they are inferior as in comparison to him. Teacher has to be very interested in the subject he/she is teaching, as without interest in the corresponding field, he won’t be able to engage his students into active participation in class and won’t interest students in this subject. It is clear that without vivid favor of what one does, it is impossible to workproductively and achieve great results. He or she has to be fair and should always try to understand each and every student, which is why basic psychological knowledge is vital. Each of the students has different personality and it is important to know how to approach each kind of character, how not to offend him/her and control assignments’performance in the best way. On balance, a teacher has to be an energetic, professional, open-minded and nice individual without any prejudiced views. It is a pity that as of today there are not so many such teachers in our society. I strongly believe that formulation of our children’s world perception is not the kind of expense economy is appropriate in.

The challenges in education are multifaceted.

Teachers are evaluated for their work. The evaluation is being done with the idea to know the importance of the teacher and his capabilities to teach the students. A teacher is evaluated by different methods. Actually his students are the real evaluator of the teacher. A teacher can also assess his work and capabilities.  Nowadays the importance of teachers is being felt by the society. There are various aims of the teacher's evaluation. A teacher is evaluated for the work/performance in an institution to know his capabilities, deficiencies, and suggest the improvements. Incapable teachers can be removed or given opportunity to improve. Students are the best evaluator of their teacher. Since several teachers use to teach the students, they know better who the best teacher is. If any of the bodies/ Government/Management/Parents wants to know about any teacher, the students are the best judge for it because they have no personal interest in any of the teacher or they simply tell which teacher is die best. Hence, this is the best way to evaluate a teacher. Though the students evaluate the teacher, but this method also has-some problems, and the assessment by the students cannot be final. Such as some inflectional students, or a group of students may favour teacher for different interests. Besides, a qualified teacher cannot be judged by the students who have no knowledge of the deep subjects. The leniency/hard attitude towards die students also influence the students. In all the methods for the evaluation of a teacher, self-evaluation is the best evaluation. A teacher, if sincere to the profession, can judge himself with the help of his result of the students. It is best method as a teacher should be able to improve in the due course of time. Besides, it has another advantage, that nobody will be blamed for the assessment of the teacher if found incapable. In the words of Clara M. Brown, "Evaluation is essential in the never ending cycle of formulating goals, measuring progress towards them and determining the new goals which emerge as a result of new warning." According to Reavis and others the evaluation should be effective in the following spheres in addition to the usual aims of classification and promotion. 1. Providing a periodic check that will direct along definite lines on the continued improvement of the programme of the school 2. Giving everyone working with pupils the information that is necessary to provide guidance and counsel for boys and girls 3. Securing help in validating the function and the goal that the school strives to attain in determining the programme upon which the school operates. 4. Providing a sound basis for good public relation to secure an understanding on the part of a community of the school and its effectiveness such an evaluation will meet many of the criticism of the school expressed by the parents, tax-payers and others because they do not know what the school is attempting to be. 5. Providing a sense of security to members of the school staff, to pupils and to their parents, so that they have tangible evidence that the programme they arc operating is an effective one.

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