Student Teacher Evaluation Criteria

An example observation guide for teachers in training

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To prepare yourself for a student teacher role, familiarize yourself with the roles and responsibilities of a student teacher. The experience is rewarding, demanding, and depends on periods of review from other teachers and administrators. These general checklists closely align to ones a student teacher would encounter in the field from college professors and mentoring educators. 

Classroom Observation by Cooperating Teacher

Here you will find a question or statement followed by specific areas the cooperating teacher will be observing the student teacher on.

1. Is the student teacher prepared?

  • Do they have an organized, detailed lesson plan and all materials needed?

2. Do they have knowledge of the subject matter and a purpose?

  • Can the student teacher answer students' questions? Can he/she motivate students to peak their interest in the subject matter?

3. Can the student teacher control students' behavior?

  • Keep their attention
  • Involve students in the lesson
  • Stop lesson when needed
  • Aware of individual needs
  • Provide positive reinforcement

4. Does the student teacher stay on topic?

  • Do they follow a logical sequence?

5. Is the student teacher enthusiastic about the lesson they are teaching?

  • Are students excited shown through class participation and behavior?
  • Are the activities appropriate?

6. Does the student teacher have the ability to:

7. Is the student teacher able to present:

  • Enthusiasm?
  • Details?
  • Flexibility?
  • Speech and grammar?

8. Do students actively participate in class activities and discussions?

  • Are students attentive and interested?
  • Are students cooperative and responsive?

9. How do the students respond to the student teacher?

  • Do they follow directions?
  • Do they display understanding?
  • Are they respectful?

10. Does the teacher communicate effectively?

  • Provide visual aids
  • Tone of voice

Areas of Observation by College Supervisor

Here you will find several topics that can be observed during a single lesson.

1. General appearance and demeanor

  • Dresses appropriately
  • Good posture, animation, and smiles

2. Preparation

  • Provides and follows a lesson plan
  • Has knowledge of the material
  • Is organized
  • Is creative
  • Provides teaching aids

3. Attitude towards the classroom

  • Respects students
  • Listens to students
  • Enthusiastic
  • Displays a sense of humor
  • Has patience and sensitivity
  • Helps students when needed

4. Effectiveness of lessons

  • Motivates through instruction and presentation
  • Meets objectives
  • Stays on topic
  • Paces lesson
  • Encourages class participation
  • Carefully directs and explains expectations
  • Uses effective questioning
  • Ability to summarize the lesson
  • Has a concluding activity
  • Correlates lesson with other subjects

5. Presenter effectiveness

  • Speaks clearly using proper grammar
  • Avoids using colloquialisms such as "you guys" and "yeah"
  • Attentive to details
  • Has confidence
  • Board writing is legible
  • Maintains authority

6. Classroom management and behavior

  • Does not embarrass, use sarcasm, or argue with students
  • Remains an adult at all times
  • Does not tolerate or dwell on inappropriate behavior
  • Keeps lesson flowing and knows when to stop or wait

Areas of Observation Used in Self-Evaluation

This list of questions forms the basis of a self-evaluation process for a student teacher.

  1. Are my objectives clear?
  2. Did I teach my objective?
  3. Is my lesson timed well?
  4. Do I remain on one topic too long or too short?
  5. Do I use a clear voice?
  6. Was I organized?
  7. Is my handwriting legible?
  8. Do I use proper speech?
  9. Do I move around the classroom enough?
  10. Did I use a variety of teaching materials?
  11. Do I show enthusiasm?
  12. Do I have make good eye-contact with the students?
  13. Did I explain the lesson effectively?
  14. Were my directions clear?
  15. Did I show confidence and knowledge of the subject?
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Cox, Janelle. "Student Teacher Evaluation Criteria." ThoughtCo, Apr. 5, 2023, Cox, Janelle. (2023, April 5). Student Teacher Evaluation Criteria. Retrieved from Cox, Janelle. "Student Teacher Evaluation Criteria." ThoughtCo. (accessed June 2, 2023).