Twice a year (February and June), students in my class are given the opportunity to give me descriptive feedback on how they feel the year is going in our classroom. I align these times with when I hand out their report cards.
My philosophy is that if I am going to give them an update on how they are doing, they need to do the same for me and our classroom.
I have done this teacher report card in different ways:
- students working independently or in pairs to answer given questions
- students working independently or in pairs to create a T chart of things that are going well for the classroom/things that they wish for the classroom
- It is always anonymous - I do not want names etc
- I take their opinions into consideration for: future units of study, adjusting my teaching style, general classroom ideas
Next year I will have students fill out my report card in a Google Doc to increase their knowledge of this valuable technology tool.
Here is the process I follow:
- We start by discussing that without feedback we cannot grow as students, writers, authors, mathematicians, etc. Then we discussed appropriate forms of feedback: requests for the classroom, things they like about the classroom
- Then we discuss non-appropriate forms of feedback: comments about other students etc
- Students are encouraged to write down a solution to the items they write on the "wish they could change list"
- Then I hand out paper and they get to work writing down things they like/want to improve
My students wrote my "report card" last Thursday. Here are some of the things they said:
Likes: variety of books in the classroom library, how the classroom seating plan changes regularly, how I don't rush through Math lessons
Wishes: show videos to illustrate Math/English concepts, they want to try different activities with their reading buddies not just reading related activities, new books for the classroom library, more time for silent reading (who knew!)
I was very impressed with their thoughtful responses, and I am going to try to work on as many of their wishes as possible.
I think student-teacher feedback can be done at all grade levels as long as the activity is structured and modified to suit the grade level, and the readiness level of your students.