Over the past month, I have continued to think a lot about ways I can receive feedback from my students. I have since updated the Google Form I ask them to complete each week to encourage them to give me both warm and cool feedback on all aspects of my teaching. I have also been asking them to complete a separate Google Form to encourage them to check-in with me about their lives inside and outside of school.
This is a practice that I first saw during my teacher credential program at Stanford. Our director asked us to rate our feelings about our coursework, our school placements, and our lives outside of the program on 1-10 scales, and we were given the opportunity to ellaborate as much or as little as we wanted. He used this information to schedule in-person meetings and decide what to prioritize during follow-up conversations. He also shared the individual data with each of us at the end of each quarter and encouraged us to look for correlations between our feelings and both assignment deadlines and professional milestones.
Although I have not yet decided when or how I will share my own students' data with them again this year, I am already using what I learn from the weekly check-in surveys to make decisions about who may need a word of encouragement or help resolving a conflict. I am finding that I am getting both different kinds of information from students and more detailed information from them that I hope will improve my practice over time. I will share some samples of the things students have shared with me in hopes you might try your own check-in survey.
Academic Experiences Inside of School
Social Experiences Inside of School
Experiences Outside of School
Overall Experience This Week
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