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Question. How do you messure your teaching abilities with your students. Meaning, do you feel a since of accomplishment when a student ranks up?
Do you send out a survey for the parents / students to fill out and let them grade you? If so what type of question you put on the survey.
Or do you feel a since of accomplishment when your class grows in size.
If you do do a survey of some type please give some ideas to put on mine. Its approaching close to a year since I've taken over for my instructor and this is a once a year thing that I would like to do and let the parents / students grade me and give me feed back.
Do you send out a survey for the parents / students to fill out and let them grade you?
Personally I don't think that is a professional way to go about it. The reason I say that is because by handing out a survey you are inviting people with less knowledge and experience to tell you how to do your job. You should be able to assess yourself by now but if you want a second opinion look to other teachers or black belts not students or parents.
If you have a senior student who assists you with the class and you feel that they are mature and knowledgeable enough to give a good opinion then ask them what they think.
As has been said already student performance is a good indicator of your teaching skill. I don't know how your gradings are done but with ours clubs from the region come together and students are graded together by the Grand Master. This gives us a good opportunity to compare our students with other clubs. If your gradings are similar then this is where you can get the best indication of your students level of ability.
I am not a full time teacher, but my criteria are:
Do the students keep coming back?
(We don't use contracts, so they can leave if/whenever they choose)
Are they smiling after class?
When my teacher watches the class, is he smiling? (Not laughing, just smiling...)
An instructor is only as good as the standard of his students, not just the physical skills but also in the background and history and philosophy of their martial art, a good instructor should be confident in his own abilities and skills and should never show anger, agression or vindictiveness to a student. you dont have to do surveys or send out forms. there is only one sensei or teacher in your dojo, you. if your club is growing and students keep coming back then that is the sign of a good sensei.
yours in budo.
To answer the original question, I do two things. I regularly take professional education classes where I get feedback on my presentation methods, lesson planning, etc. The second is that I have other instructors observe me and give me feedback.
As a businessman, I conduct customer satisfaction surveys routinely, and I would never let someone leave without making every effort to find out why. I routinely see schools lose students and they have no idea why and never ask.
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