I recently received the results from the formal teaching evaluations that were conducted at the end of the 2010 term of EOSC 516. Despite good reviews from the previous year, I strive to be the best and have a tendency to anticipate the worst….
Similar to 2009, four students enrolled in EOSC 516 filled out formal teaching evaluations, evaluating my role as a TA. The evaluation consisted of five statements to be ranked from 1 to 5, 1 representing Strongly Disagree and 5 representing Strongly Agree.
The Teaching Assistant was:
- Well prepared
- Considerate of students
- Easily understood
- An effective instructor
For each of the five statements, all four students Strongly Agreed. In addition, I received three comments which addressed both myself and my fellow TA: “They were GREAT!”, “They were both very helpful and enthusiastic. Good TAs. ”, and “You guys are freaking amazing facilitators, I’m really impressed with everything you did this term. You made this class an absolutely amazing experience!”
Once again, I am very pleased with the results of these evaluations. Similar to last year, I tend to worry about moments where I was less than eloquent or worried that I missed a comment when recording a group of students’ feedback. I am happy to see that these moments did not interfere with my students’ learning.
Recently, I attended a professional development workshop on Teaching Portfolios. During this session, the participants were encouraged to create our own feedback forms if no formal evaluations were available. Though I have been formally evaluated these past two years, I plan to add questions to the forms in the future. I wish to ask for feedback on ways to improve, so that I may obtain constructive feedback that will facilitate my growth as a teacher.