Fuel your planning with Friday’s Feedback

Posted by Megan Smith on February 4, 2012 in 1 Planning, Class Routines

I LOVE giving my students a chance to give me feedback! I try not to do it too much, but it’s fun for me to see how each students learns best. Most kids tell me when something is fun to them, but I always ask – “What activities have we done lately that have really helped you LEARN?”

These 4 things happen when I ask for feedback…

1.) Students are forced to reminisce about the week, the different activities we did, and what they learned.

2.) Students feel proud about something they learned and walk out of the door with a memory of something they LIKED about class.

3.) I get to see which activities were considered most helpful for each class and can use this information to help me better plan for the upcoming week. (I may have the same lesson to teach for multiple classes – but how I teach may need to be different.)

4.) I usually am pleasantly surprised! Even some students that I thought weren’t into a certain lesson would say that it was their favorite. Plus, I learn that even the activities that didn’t go exactly like I had planned still ended up being very helpful to some!

Try it! Find out what students liked about your class and use it to make next week even better! Here are a few of the comments I walked away with this week… it’s my reminder that each kid has a unique learning style. Having a variety of activities and giving students options will maximize their success!

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8 comments for “Fuel your planning with Friday’s Feedback”

  1. zapoura says:

    This is such a great teaching tip! In my program, we are offered a mid-term review session that is actually held by a colleague who does not teach our class. He/she meets with our students to gather feedback and then gives us a report back about what is going well and what students are struggling with. The great part is that it happens mid-term when I can still change some things about the class…rather than at the end when it’s too late! Great and inspiring post…I will be checking in more often!

    1. Megan says:

      That’s a great idea! I think every school schould do this. It’s important that students feel they can let us know what they like and what they need help with so we can be do our best job. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Susan says:

    I hope I’m not leaving too many comments! I love this idea… I like just asking about ONE thing. I’ve done things like this, but I’ve put too many questions. I LOVE the hola me llamo graphic and the Facebook like sign.

    1. Megan says:

      Glad you like it! I’m always playing around with designs – I’ll post another one when I make it. P.S. We love your comments 🙂

  3. Kara says:

    This would be a nice bulletin board with pictures of them doing the activities. I have one sweet student that loves taking photos of we do in class. Or maybe a I can make a slideshow video at the end of the year,

  4. Roxana Soto says:

    I include similar questions in a self-assessment sheet they fill in at the end of each unit. I read it and write something back to each.

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