After years of surveys, I have tried many questions and question types and have found some that lead to better feedback than others. I like to ask this question, just “What do you want to learn?
This post focuses on the reasoning behind those 15 questions. ,” in the first weeks of school to get a feel for student interests and expectations.
I intentionally made this a 4-option question rather than a 5-option question to ensure that they couldn’t just be neutral in their response.
It will be important to identify and spend time with the 4 students who are completely overwhelmed and also create more practice opportunities for students who are interested in having more practice.
However, students are honest and recognize that if you improve as a teacher their experience improves as well.
I would recommend talking about the difference between complaining and constructive criticism during the first survey to make sure that students understand your expectations for these types of questions.Student surveys are a cornerstone of my instructional practice.My students take a survey once or twice each month to reflect on their learning and classroom experiences as well as to provide me with valuable feedback.Is this a particularly difficult class for them, are the directions unclear, is the pace too fast?Alternatively, if students cannot name a moment that was difficult, the assignments or learning may not be challenging enough. Lastly, if students all feel successful or were challenged on certain topics, this can help to inform lesson planning and reteaching.I would love to hear about your favorite student survey questions in the comments! In later units, I might tell them about the standards and learning targets for the next unit, and ask them what they want to learn surrounding those topics.If you have questions on how to write a great student survey, take a look at Survey Your Students. Their feedback gives me an idea of which topics to spend more time on or to add to our upcoming unit.This questions helps me figure out what lessons I need to update or change the format of, and which lessons are going well.Keep in mind that the wording of this questions asks students about their favorite and least favorite lesson, which lessons were most valuable to their learning.It’s important for students to start thinking about the learning experiences that work for them.Homework is controversial and I really had no idea how much time and effort students were devoting to my class until I starting asking them.