We want effective Sunday Schools, small groups, and other Bible learning opportunities. The overall structure of each of these programs matters but if the Bible teachers within these settings don’t teach well, the effectiveness of the program itself can be diminished. Who might best let us know how well teachers are doing than those who sit under their ministry — the students or small group members.
A Word About Evaluating Your Church’s Sunday School Teachers or Other Bible Teachers:
Evaluation is an important responsibility of a Sunday School superintendent, Christian Education director, or ministry leader responsible for small groups or other kinds of Bible studies. Evaluation needs to be done with the right motivation but also using a constructive process. If you are sharing results with teachers, you need to prepare them for both positive and negative criticism. You do not want them getting defensive or so discouraged that they want to quit. — Help them understand that evaluation is a beneficial tool.
Having students evaluate the teachers is one way of doing it. Self-assessment can also be good. And, observation of teachers by leadership can be helpful as well. Ideally, a combination of all three would be good using a similar set of questions with each and then comparing all results. That way if any of the results are skewed, a look from the three perspectives could help bring a more realistic picture.
Format for Student Evaluation of Their Bible Teachers:
The exact questions you use would have to be worded in keeping with the age of the students … children, youth, or adults. The questions you use should also reflect what you want to measure.
You might want to use a scale for them to respond with rather than a simple yes/no format of questions to potentially get a more accurate representation of how the teacher is doing. Or you might ask them to give examples. You want to avoid students being able to simply check off responses without truly thinking it through or being able to back it up so the evaluation doesn’t become a personality check but rather is a true assessment of the teaching.
Evaluative Questions to Ask Students about Their Bible Teachers:
You might ask:
- Does the teacher seem to be prepared?
- Does the teacher seem to have a good understanding of the lesson?
- Does the teacher communicate in ways you can understand (i.e., vocabulary, concepts, etc.)?
- Does the teacher encourage participation?
- Does the teacher use enough variety and creative methodology?
- Does the teacher use enough visuals in lessons?
- Does the teacher use class time wisely?
- Does the teacher seem to answer questions honestly and respectfully?
- Does the teacher explain instructions well?
- Does the teacher clearly explain expectations?
- Does the teacher seem attentive to students’ needs?
To take it to a deeper level, you can also ask questions along these lines:
- How has the teacher contributed to your spiritual growth?
- What do you see as the teacher’s greatest strength? … greatest weakness?
- What frustrates you the most about the Sunday School class? … What do you like the most?
Please note: You are permitted to copy and use these questions to measure the effectiveness of your Sunday School or other Bible teaching ministry. If you are using all or most of the questions verbatim, you should make attribution to the source simply by a footnote such as: “Provided by Ministry Tools Resource Center – http://MinTools.com”