Reply to "Evaluating lessons/units"

We evaluate every rotation as well. I actually do two separate evaluations -- one for shepherds (who tend to see more of the overall picture) and one for teachers. The first year we rotated, I just did one, but discovered that their experiences were different so we should evaluate them differently. At the end of the year I also do an informal evaluation with the kids (tell me what you liked the best, least, favorite workshop, story, etc.) I have sent out evaluations to parents and this year got ONE back! I'm going to try Neil's suggestion and make some phone calls -- just as soon as things settle down!

Back to evaluations:
For Shepherds:
I list the objectives of the rotation and ask them if they feel they were met (I use a scale 1-5 and also include a comment section for each one).
I ask if the lessons and activities were engaging and age-appropriate to the kids and then list all the workshops we offered.
I ask if the teachers seemed to feel comfortable, prepared and effective. (this can be a bit sticky, but I've had some great feedback from shepherds about ways I can help teachers)
I ask if Journals were used and how often (probably a redundant question, because I can look in their journals and see that)
I ask about their overall satisfaction with the program.
I ask them to list any things that we need to get, repair, any items that need to be added to their class box, etc.
I ask them if there is anything we can do to make their job easier or more effective
Additional comments, suggestions, etc.

For Teachers:
I use the same rating scale (1-5 with comments)
I have a good understanding of Rotation model SS.
The background information and handouts were helpful and about the right length.
My teaching got better and easier each week I taught.
I received my lesson materials with adequate time to prepare and gather supplies
Lessons were complete and easy to use.
Resources provided (extra supplies, books, handouts, music, pictures, maps, videos, etc.) were adequate and helpful.
How much time did you spend (average per week) preparing lessons and gathering supplies? 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, other
The teaching schedule worked well for me.
Lesson activities reflected the theme of the Rotation.
Activities were engaging to the children.
What could we do differently in each lesson to help you?
How well did the lessons meet the needs of older and younger children?
Children were well-behaved and responded to the classroom covenant.
Chidlren were excited and enthusiastic
Visitors felt welcome and participated.
Shepherds were a helpful part of the program.
Did you enjoy leading this particular workshop?
What was your favorite age to teach. Why?>
Least? Why?
What do we need to buy or fix?
What do we need to get rid of?
OVer all satisfaction?
I'd like to do this again -- name, time to teach and desired workshop to teach.
Additional comments.

I also usually touch base with the individual teachers so if they don't fill out evaluation forms, I can usually see what worked and what didn't. Same with shepherds. I talk with them regularly!

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