“Our teachers deserve better feedback.” – Bill Gates (Co-founder of Microsoft).
Over the past few years, a student’s success or failure was the only yardstick to measure a teacher’s performance. But it was flawed and considered only a limited perspective of their performance, and ignored many other parameters.
360 degree feedback for teachers or educators is a shift from the traditional one-on-one performance evaluation process. It helps them understand how they can better themselves and give directions to their teaching skills. It serves as guidance to better achieve their teaching goals.
But before we delve more into the benefits of 360 degree feedback for teachers and educators, let us take a look at what is 360 degree feedback.
What is 360 Degree Feedback?
360 degree feedback or multirater feedback(also known as multi-source feedback or multi-source assessment) is a process in which employees receive confidential and anonymous feedback from multiple stakeholders. These stakeholders involve senior leadership, managers, peers, direct reports, and others with whom an employee has worked with. Due to its numerous benefits, it has gained immense popularity over the years and has been adopted by organizations such as GE, IBM, Amazon, PesiCo., etc.
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Currently, its popularity is not only limited to large industries and organizations, but it has also become quite popular among schools and universities because of its balanced and comprehensive nature. It serves as a great tool for schools to evaluate and understand their teachers.
Here are some of the benefits of using 360 degree feedback.
360 degree feedback helps one to assess themselves on a number of parameters and serves as a great tool for self-improvement and self-awareness. It helps them understand their strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, it gives them an opportunity to contemplate their teaching practices and helps them better understand their behavior. Self-evaluation serves as a benchmark to compare with reviews shared by other stakeholders involved in the process.
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360 degree feedback involves several stakeholders, which in the case of an educator/teacher involves colleagues, parents, senior management, students, etc. As feedback is from multiple sources, it gives them a comprehensive view of their behavior and actions. In addition to this, they get several inputs for their role, teaching styles, and ideas. The feedback is more acceptable by all as it is complete, balanced, and has reduced bias.
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“According to the 2017 Skills Gap Report, nearly 80% of Americans agree there is a skills gap, and more than a third (35%) say it affects them personally.”
We all know how crucial it is for employees to upskill and cross-skill themselves to keep themselves updated with the changing trends in the industry. 360 degree feedback serves as a great tool for identifying the development and training needs of the employee. It helps teachers to focus on the areas of their improvement and weaknesses and create a development plan accordingly. It can be in the form of self-learning, coaching, or training.
For example: In the current scenario, teachers are training themselves on how to teach with the help of a computer and other mobile devices.
As per research by MetLife, 90% of teachers contributed their success and effectiveness to their colleagues.
When employees receive feedback from their peers, they get an in-depth and unique perspective of their work. For teachers, it helps them to make changes to the way they teach and update their course plan and curriculum. Peer feedback helps teachers to improve the quality of their teaching and makes it effective for their students. When peers help each-other for their development, it drives employee engagement and helps in building a strong team.
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