As teachers, we all know it is extremely important to monitor the progress of students in the classroom. But is it something we're doing on a regular basis? Could we be doing it better or more efficiently?
When sending candidates to an interview with a potential school we have a quick chat about the interview process and how do you monitor students progress is a question the interviewer is almost guaranteed to ask.
Setting clear objectives
Having clear objectives and going through these at the beginning of the lesson or even the beginning of the week is a huge help both for you and the students to keep track of the plan and gives them an understanding of what is expected. The big thing with setting objectives is there is no point unless this is followed up with. Depending on your timeline make sure to go back to the objective at the end of the week/day. And gain the level of understanding from them. Not everybody will have the same level of understanding so how do you know if you don’t ask? Simple!
Being present in the classroom
Ok I know it sounds weird or perhaps even obvious but this is a huge one. Make sure to be present in the lesson. How can we expect our students to concentrate and be interested in the lesson when we are doing nothing to engage them? Make sure to circulate around the classroom during any seatwork and don’t be afraid to engage in one to one with students about their work, some students don’t want to or don’t feel comfortable asking for help. Be vigilant and take notice of groups forming and getting too chatty. Whilst you want open discussion and a fun environment you also want a learning environment, be present and find the balance!
Homework and pop quizzes
Believe me, I know homework is no fun on either side but it is a necessary evil. Assigning homework regularly and throwing in the odd pop quiz is a great way to find out where each individual is succeeding or struggling and can really influence how you approach your lessons as you will know what to focus more or less on. With homework be sure to take the time to actually write constructive criticism instead of just ticking or crossing where appropriate. Feedback is extremely important and as easy as it is to talk about where they’re going wrong or what isn’t quite right remember to praise the correct answers and achievements as well.