I owe my greatest growth as a teacher to the truths that my students have shared with me. The courage that they have had to speak up for the type of education they would like to be a part of. It is therefore only natural for me to ask all of my students for their honest feedback as we finish the year. Every year, their surveys have shaped the coming year, whether it meant getting rid of a project or completely revamping something I knew was almost working. My students’ answers have shaped much of my writing as well, both books and blog posts come from the answers they give me.
And what do I ask? What I need to know; was this a good class for them, did I give enough help, what did they like or dislike? Was I fair, did I get to know them enough? How do they feel about reading, what do I need to change? Anything I can think of that will help me grow, and not just the easy questions either, if a child did not like this class or felt disrespected then I need to know so I can change.
So I hope you take the time to ask your students as well as the year ends and then use those truths to change the way you teach. Once again, we have the best professional development sitting right in our own classrooms, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about what worked, what was ok, and what definitely needs to change. I have given it both as a paper survey and an electronic one, this year I decided for a Google form. To see what I asked, go here.
If you like what you read here, consider reading any of my books; the newest called Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration, a how-to guide for those who would like to infuse global collaboration into their curriculum, was just released. I am currently working on a new literacy book, called Passionate Readers and it will be published in the summer of 2017 by Routledge.If you are looking for solutions and ideas for how to re-engage all of your students consider reading my very first book Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students. Also, if you are wondering where I will be in the coming year or would like to have me speak, please see this page.