As teachers, our audience, our students can be a great source of feedback upon our craft. They see you teach more than you do. So one way to develop our ability to explain things well is not only in their understanding of the subject, but also in identifying what aspect(s) we need to improve upon. This may be a structural, signalling, clarity or supportive feature of your communication. Further details can be read here
These features are broken down in the following student voice survey. As always I worry that a checklist in the wrong hands turns into a management tool, and that is not the intention here. So if anyone tries tell them to do one. This is a professional reflection tool, for teachers to check their own classroom practice on their own or with some feedback from their classes.
A downloadable version can be found here.
explanations are clear and understandable
goes at the right speed
teacher makes clear points
teacher loses track of what they are saying
teacher says urr, um, em during their explanations
teachers explanations emphasise important ideas
explanations contain extra, unhelpful, statements
Explanations review or summarise key ideas
Makes mistakes when explaining
Finish the explanation
Build up/ breakdown complex ideas into chunks.
Remind me of what we have already studied
link ideas together
Make clear what they are about to explain
Make useful notes on the board
Point/ highlight key parts of diagrams or idea on the whiteboard