Starter of the week – Gaining student feedback

8 Apr

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This is a great idea for coming to the end of term to get students to think about what they’ve done and learnt from Rachel Lynette at http://www.minds-in-bloom.com/2011/06/20-end-of-year-reflection-questions.html

The questions are below and can be answered individually or as a group then fedback to the tutor either verbally or as a short written piece. These questions could form the basis of a questionnaire for students to collect group answers and assist the tutor to develop and improve lessons. Another additional idea is to select key answers and make a display for the new students so they can see what they will learn in lessons.

Lynette also has 20 reflection questions for tutors/teachers that act as a prompt for reviewing a year of teaching. Take a look during the end of the academic year and see if you can use the prompts to develop your teaching.

Here are the questions:

What is something we did this year that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?

What is something you accomplished this year that you are proud of?

What was the nicest thing someone in our class did for you this year?

What was the most challenging part of this year for you?

Where is your favorite place in our classroom (or school)? Why?

If you could change one thing that happened this year, what would it be?

What are three things you did this year to help your classmates?

What are the three most important things you learned this year?

What is something that was hard for you at the start of the year, but is easy now?

In what area do you feel you made your biggest improvements?

What is your favorite part of the day in our class? Why?

What is something you taught your teacher or classmates this year?

Of the books you read this year, which was your favorite? Why?

What was the best piece of writing that you did this year? Why do you think it is your best?

What person at our school has made the biggest impact in your life this year? Why?

What is something the teacher could have done to make this year better?

What are six adjectives that best describe this school year?

Knowing what you know now, if you could write a letter to yourself that would travel back in time so that you would receive it at the start of the school year, what advice would you give your younger self?

When you consider the rest of your life, what percentage of what you learned this year do you think will be useful to you?

What advice would you give students who will be in this class next year?

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