Student Teachers how to Cope with an Unsatisfactory Lesson Observation

Not every lesson you present will be successful. If you receive a negative performance evaluation, don’t throw in the towel. Even seasoned teachers have off days. So, what do you do if you receive an unsatisfactory lesson observation?

Stay calm

The first thing that you will need to do is stay calm. Continue to act like a professional. Take a deep breath and listen to what your evaluator has to say. Remember, as a teacher, you will often have to deal with difficult situations and effectively handle any crisis that may arise. This is no different.

Ask questions

Allow your evaluator to finish with your critique. Then ask questions. Find out what was wrong with your lesson presentation. Ask what you could have done differently. Honestly listen to what your evaluator has to say. It won’t hurt to take notes. Remember, your evaluator was once where you are, and as a fellow educator, he has valuable experience and wisdom about what works and what doesn’t work in the classroom.


Once you have listened to your critique and asked questions, think about your performance.  Think about your delivery of the lesson. Was there anything that you did that you could improve up? What exactly did your evaluator say about your lesson? Is there a chance that he could be right? Once you have done a personal job performance evaluation, you can decide if the unsatisfactory critique was founded. 

Read it over

Before you sign your evaluation, read over it. Make sure that there are not any clauses or addition information in it that was not discussed with you. Ask for time to consider the review.

Get a mentor

If you agree that you need some improvement but you aren’t really sure how to make the necessary change, get a mentor. Find an experienced teacher to mentor you. They can give you valuable tips and teaching strategies to help you improve your lessons.

Make improvements

Once you and your mentor have identified the problem, get to work. Make the suggested improvements and try again. Usually, you will be given another opportunity to present another lesson. So, plan ahead and make the most of it.

Prepare to defend your work

If you are still convinced that the evaluation was not fair after doing a personal work evaluation and consulting a mentor, you should discuss your review with your evaluator. Voice your objections. Be prepared to defend your work. So, have documentation to show that the unsatisfactory evaluation was unwarranted. However, don’t get upset if this still doesn’t change your evaluation.

Receiving a negative performance evaluation can be stressful. However, the suggestions listed above will help you bounce back and make the necessary changes.