16 Dec 2013

Are you thinking what I’m thinking!? – helpful evaluation forms for teachers

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I really love what I do.  Working with all different age groups of people is so interesting, and I love witnessing all of the different ways that people experience music.

When it comes to some younger students, don’t you sometimes find yourself wishing that you could snap into their heads for a second, just long enough to see exactly how they see the piano and how they hear the music they make? As a teacher, there are of course many elements of this that you influence and shape for them.  But you just never know sometimes what strange ideas kids get into their heads!  There are so many factors in their day-to-day lives that are out of our control!

Not long ago I had a very talented, very competent young player suddenly start playing her new piece completely off the wall and out of time.  It turned out that she had come to really like her brother’s very fast, aggressive new piece, and, since she thought he was a much better player than her, got the idea in her head that she was going to play just like him.

I suspected that this might be the case, but found out for sure when she turned in the sheet you see to your right.  Despite all of the amazing things she understood about good playing, the student listed “playing loud and fast like my brother” for the first box.   Needless to say, we talked about it and got it figured out, but this was just one of those situations where a young student got an idea in her head and held on to it for dear life!

This worksheet still makes appearances in my curriculum to help me get a better idea for what students are really thinking about their lessons.  Then, as a teacher, I can make sure that the ideas I constantly work to instill in them are connecting and staying put!

As far as the New Year’s Resolutions go, I doubt I have to explain the importance of goal setting to anyone.  I like including the section for my resolutions so that kids can see that I work toward things as a player too.  It can be easy for students to get tunnel vision when they think of you as just their teacher, and the little reminders here and there that you’re always tackling projects just like they are is a nice touch!

The thumbnail image shows my completed sheet but the link to the right goes to a template so that teachers can fill out their own before making copies for their students.




Download and print the PDF files:
4 Important Qualities
Blank New Years Resolution



About the Author

Amber Staffa is a performing arts graduate of Rowan University. She holds a BA in Subject Matter Teaching for K-12, and a BM in Instrumental Music Education with a Piano Concentration, and is currently licensed in the state of NJ.

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