Report Cards for the Teacher

Have you ever thought about letting your students give you the teacher a report card on your performance? What would it say?

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:
  1. 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
  2. Then we discuss non-appropriate forms of feedback: comments about other students etc
  3. Students are encouraged to write down a solution to the items they write on the "wish they could change list"
  4. 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.


  1. I liked your choices of Things they liked and they wished. A glow and a grow. :) Great idea!

  2. I love your idea of a GLOW and GROW! I have only seen 2 Stars and a Wish! Thanks

  3. I've used a Star and a Wish before when we do "fish bowls" for writing. I love the idea of using it as a concept anchor for this sort of activity as well!


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