Introduction

TLS is a project for teachers using an instrument for self-evaluation and feedback.
As a teacher you are led through a process that enables you to evaluate and improve your practice in class.
For that, you must have the students engaged in the process of quality improvement.
Having feedback from your students is one way of doing it.

It will help you to evaluate your own practice in class as organizer, coach, designer, manager and evaluator.

 

>> Teacher as organizer

Teaching is a difficult profession for many reasons. For one thing, teachers are expected to fill many roles, some that have little to do with the subject matter being taught. However, the glue that can hold all of this together for teachers is the ability to organize themselves, their classroom, and their students. 
Organization then  means that students are in their proper place at the proper time; the teacher is well-prepared with effective lessons and means of assessment, and the students know exactly what the objectives are and what is expected of them.  In that way focus can be on effective learning time and structured instructions in plain language.  After all, being well organized and having well prepared lessons are also important to having a well-managed class. (top)

 

>> Teacher as coach

One of the hardest things for teachers to do is to inspire their students. Whether it is at the elementary, middle, or high school level, and no matter the content area, every teacher should try to fire up students’ imaginations and get them engaged, inspired, and motivated to succeed. 

Some ways to do so are: encouraging students, getting them involved, offering incentives, getting creative, promoting self-reliance, drawing connections to real life, making them feel secure and safe in an environment that is organized, predictable, and structured… (top)

>> Teacher as designer

The overall goal of lesson planning is to increase student interest, anticipation, attention and wonder. Therefore it is important to know who your students are,  to know your content and the materials that are available to help you teach for success. Identify the goals and objectives that you hope your students will achieve in the tasks that will engage them in the learning process.
At the classroom level, where instruction takes place, a variety of lesson material (up-to-date, well-structured and starting from subject matter knowledge) and activating working methods will motivate students to learn new information. (top)

>> Teacher as manager

Class management involves organizing students, space, time and materials so that learning can take place. In the best case scenario, students are involved and cooperating in all activities. The teacher creates a productive working environment. In a well-run classroom, students know what is expected of them, you will see very little wasted time, interruptions or confusion. Students feel respected, are working hard, yet the atmosphere is relaxed and pleasing.
In order to be successful in the classroom, a teacher must explain, rehearse and reinforce routines, rules and procedures consistently, particularly at the start of the year. (top)

>> Teacher as evaluator

Students should be evaluated on a regular basis.  When we assign a grade it most often represents a combined assessment of each student’s learning achievement (testing what the student knows or knows how to do), general performance (the quality of work that the student produces for the course), and effort or attitude (how hard the student worked in the course). It is important that you provide clear grading guidelines and enforce them fairly.
Feedback then is any response, orally or written, frequent and specific,  made in relation to student’s work such as an assessment task, a performance or product. It is intended to acknowledge the progress student has made towards achieving the learning outcomes of a process. Good feedback is informative and constructive, and points the student’s  strengths and areas for improvement. (top)