Recording your teaching sessions is highly valuable because it provides an unbiased outlook on how effective your lesson may be for your students. The video may act as an additional set of eyes to spot a behaviour that you hadn’t spotted at the time. In the USA, many colleges use this technique for the next generations of teachers, to teach them a valuable lesson of self-reflection.
Have a colleague come watch you when you teach your class. It’s different and more relaxed than having your principal come in and observe you. By doing this, you will be able to teach with more ease and your colleague will give you their honest feedback. But before starting, remember to give your colleague your instruction methods for evaluating your performance. To help them make a better picture when reviewing your lessons, create a questionnaire for your coworkers to fill out as they observe. After class, sit down with them and analyse their conclusion. See an example of such a questionnaire below.
Students are a good source to get honest feedback. Hand out a simple survey after your lesson to get students’ perspective on how the lesson went. Carefully decide on what questions to ask and also encourage your students to express their opinions. It won’t be only a learning experience for you, but also an indirect exercise for them. But make sure your questionnaire is anonymous and that your students know it. Only by creating an environment in which students feel safe, you get answers as honest as possible.
It’s useful to divide the survey into sections just like you did in your journal. That will help you to easily compare your observations with those of your students (or colleagues) and work on the areas that need to be improved the most. It is advised to always work on one area only. That way you can focus on it fully and slowly incorporate changes into your methods while maintaining the rest of your teaching in its original form. You will not get overwhelmed by change, but at the same time you will improve your work.
Teacher (only for colleagues)