Effective teaching is measured through evaluation of student’s performance. Sometimes a negative evaluation may hurt, discourage and demoralize teachers.
Ways to Deal with Negative Teaching Evaluation
For a long time, evaluation has been considered and used as a method used to measure the students’ performance and understanding. Sometimes teachers receive negative reviews that hurt and discourage them much. This makes it even harder to cope up with the challenges making delivery of the content difficult. Many teachers become disappointed for the poor performance, get angry at the students and never wish to enter the same class again. At this point, others even contemplate of quitting their professional role and venture into other businesses. As a teacher, no matter how awful or difficult thing may get, you are encouraged to keep on teaching and try to improve for the sake of the students and you as an individual. Always work hard to become better and try to improve those ratings as you move on with your work. Therefore, as teachers, we are advised to apply the following ways or approaches when dealing with negative teaching evaluations.
- Eliminating inappropriate comments
As a teacher, one is advised to devise policies or ways that will help to deal with inappropriate, threatening or abusive comments made by students in the process of learning. The policies will help to evaluate and sieve any comments containing any element of vulgar, defamatory, harassment, racist or abusive elements or threatening content before the evaluation reaches the seniors.
- Don’t Ignore Comments Made by Students
Even though some comments made by the student may be hurting, never ignore them. Students may be trying to communicate something even though they are using a more demoralising way. Always take a keen interest in these comments. Search for patterns in those comments and make recurring criticism. As a teacher try to criticise these comments while asking yourself several questions such as whether you were disrespectful to students’ ideas or you excluded some students out of the discussions and many other questions. These questions will enhance your understanding and help you avoid negative teaching evaluations.
- Practising Fairness
As a teacher one should try as much as possible to emphasize fairness. Always make students understand that life outside there is not fair but as well try to ensure that your class does fairly well. Make them always understand that even if they do poorly in class, the activities are normally conducted fairly thus students’ get satisfied. Your roles as a teacher try to teach effectively. Stick to reality as the best foundation of perception and put trust in your students’ ability to assess the performance.
- Respect Students
Always work hard to demonstrate respects to your students. Always consider the time you spend with your students as more quality and treat it with much concern the way you would wish your own time to be treated. For example, always ensure that the class ends in time. Also, try to avoid arguments when students are persistently arguing on a certain point. Don’t dismiss the concern but at the same time don’t accept an unearned credit.
Always carry out an evaluation with somebody you trust. This can either be a friend or someone who has much experience in teaching. The individual can help you eliminate any irrelevant content and interpret any comments that you feel are personal attacks. Also, the person may advise you on how to put the feedback to good use.
- Seek out further teaching guide
Teachers should go through appropriate training for them to deliver more effectively. Most of the comments from students do an attack on the incompetence of their teachers. This is a clear reflection of insufficient teacher training. Therefore, teachers are advised to seek extra opportunities that offer further training in order to avoid negative reviews from students.
Another method that will help to avoid negative teaching evaluations is to ensure that as a teacher you don’t engage in debates that discuss graded assignments with students. Always inform your students to forward any error or something that you missed immediately after class in a written note.
- Being likable and approachable
Always ensure that your students like you. By students liking you as a teacher, it will be easy for you to influence their evaluations. Also, be approachable to your students. For example, we need to understand that the current world is full of structural disadvantages that our students to face. We should encourage them to approach their teachers in order to try to solve these challenges. Being liked and approachable by your students, makes the students develop confidence in you and become free; a situation that makes them express their feelings freely. This will enable a teacher to realize the areas of weaknesses and work hard to improve.