This week I started thinking about end-of-year evaluations. Too soon? I
Generally, I wait until the week prior to (or the week of) our end-of-year evaluations to start writing them. It took me 10 years, but I wouldn’t recommend that! LOL
Waiting until the last minute created a lot of pressure on me and made it tempting to not be as thorough or concise as I could have been at times.
This year I was determined to start sooner.
Here are some resources to help as you start thinking about your own student evaluations.
Writing Student Evaluations Using Evernote (Piano Pantry)
Piano Safari’s Mini Essay #21 on leveling repertoire can helpful (for your own reference) if you are discussing student playing levels with parents.
Set Your Studio Apart with Solid Feedback (Leila Viss)
One of my first evaluation forms I developed (and talk about in the post on using Evernote to write student evaluations), was originally inspired by Leila’s 5-point progress score.
Want to hear more? Check out one of Leila’s most recent podcast episodes: Maybe Measuring Progress is Really Measuring Something More Important
Part of evaluation time should be considering not just what skills students have developed and accomplishments they’ve achieved, but what their future study will look like.
Creating & Sharing Student Growth Plans in 5 Easy Steps (Rosemarie Penner)
This year I am experimenting with a new way of giving meaningful assessments to my students at the end of the year. There are two parts to this:
First, I’m looking to create mini-videos of their playing over their time in lessons. The videos will feature clips of their playing in no more than 1-3 minutes.
Providing Piano Student End-of-Year Assessments in a Meaningful Way (Teach Piano Today)
Second, I’m working on designing a new format for my forms in Canva inspired by these posts by @mslimusic on Instagram.
It’s still a work in progress and not ready for sharing but perhaps you can also be inspired by her example to create your own!
P.S. I also like the name “Piano Progress Report” rather than “Evaluation” 🙂
How to Create Student-Led Conferences (Rosemarie Penner)
I absolutely love this idea but will admit, is something I’ve yet to try out.
Have you ever tried something like this? If so, I would love to hear your ideas as well in the comments!