How do you know if you are an effective teacher? Many teachers consider their effectiveness only in terms of student feelings toward the teacher and course, or how their students perform. While students' performance and perceptions are important factors to consider, students typically lack the expertise to provide accurate feedback about teaching and learning. What students enjoy and what is best for them are not necessarily one in the same. Furthermore, students' performance is related to, but not solely determined by, what teachers do. High student performance may occur in spite of poor teaching practices, and students may do poorly despite excellent teaching practices. Inviting knowledgeable teachers, administrators, and researchers into your classroom may provide more accurate perspective of your teaching and of student learning and engagement. This article highlights several reasons why inviting others into your classroom not only increases your effectiveness in the classroom, but can make teaching more enjoyable.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 2008 by the Iowa Academy of Science
"Eyes on your Classroom: Collaborating with Others to Improve Your Practice,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 35
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol35/iss3/4