Setting Teaching Goals

About Teaching Goals

We suggest 7 key areas for thinking about teaching goals for the person you mentor. These 7 areas will also form the basis for criteria you’ll look for during videotapings or classroom observations.

Here are some example criteria to consider for 7 key areas:

1. Content

  • exhibits firm knowledge of material
  • uses relevant examples
  • makes assumptions clear
  • makes connections between topics
  • gives clear, correct explanations

2. Motivation

  • excites student interest
  • connects material to previous student experiences
  • answers the“so what?” question

3. Organization

  • begins class ontime
  • gives clear agenda, goals
  • concepts are organized thoughtfully
  • distinguishes major/minor points
  • clearly marks transitions
  • uses mini-summaries
  • repeats important concepts
  • brings closure, summarizes conclusions

4.Presentation /delivery

  • makes goodeye contact
  • exhibits confidence
  • uses goodnon-verbal gestures
  • uses enthusiasm and humor where appropriate
  • has good voice quality and pacing
  • uses teaching methods appropriate for content
  • moves discussions along productively

5. TA-student interactions

  • uses students’ names
  • responds tostudentreactions and difficulties
  • accepts/invites criticism
  • varies levels and types of questions
  • encourages and validates student contributions
  • urges student thought and participation
  • incorporates student responses into lessons
  • answers studentquestions clearly and directly
  • gives students enough time to think about and respond to questions

6. Classroom environment

  • is respectful of students
  • encourages mutual respect among students
  • treats class members equitably
  • maintains authority in the classroom
  • is able to admit error or insufficient knowledge

7. Instructional materials, use of media

  • includes useful diagrams, illustrations
  • uses multiple ways to illustrate a concept
  • uses handouts, PowerPoint, video, or other technologies appropriately
  • materials are well organized and integrated with lesson plan