An event is not an experience until you reflect upon it
- Michael Fullan
To most instructors, the term “teaching evaluation” means end-of-course evaluation by students. Typically, the students in the class complete questionnaires that provide a summative rating of the instructor’s performance. But you may not want to wait for end-of-year evaluations of your practice. If you are interested in ongoing feedback throughout the year, you may wish to use formative assessment practices.
Defining the Terms
At no time in the educational process is stress more acutely felt that in the assigning and receiving of grades. In our own experiences as students we can all remember those anxious moments waiting on the instructor to return our papers or exams wondering what mark we would get, a bit unsure if we answered the questions correctly. As instructors, a majority of us have struggled with the assigning of grades.