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I would like to have the students evaluate my teaching. What are some questions I should ask?

Jun 2, 2015 9:04am

I was thinking about the following; Please give advice to next years seventh graders on what they need to do to be successful; Name some things that you liked about your math class; Please give your advice on what your teacher can do to improve for next year; Name 3 things the school is doing well; Name 3 things the school can do to improve; Any additional comments, concerns, and/or questions. Thank you.

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    • Jun 2, 2015 8:26pm

      Agreed! This is such a valuable thing to do, not only at the end of the school year, but throughout! Could it be done on a survey monkey like form? I would also ask about their favorites moments/lessons in class, books they'd recommend to others and those they wouldn't recommend and why.

      Here are a few articles that also had some interesting things to say on this topic:

      http://teaching.monster.com/benefits/articles/7844-how-would-your-students-evaluate-your-teaching

      http://www.whatkidscando.org/specialcollections/student_as_allies/pdfs/saa_samplesurveys_final.pdf

      http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/10/why-kids-should-grade-teachers/309088/

      • Jun 2, 2015 8:12pm

        This is a great idea! Here is an interesting article written on this topic:
        http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/10/why-kids-should-grade-teachers/309088/

        • Jun 6, 2015 10:02am

          For the last 30+ years, whether teaching elementary, middle, or university students, I ask them two questions to be answered anonymously (w/ a promise that I hold their answers neither for or against them:):
          1. What am I doing to add to your learning?
          2 What am I doing to detract from your learning? I believe that one of my Texas A&M professors did this in her children's literature class, and it impressed me that she cared enough to ask. Also, I don't wait until the end of a grading period to ask; query at a midpoint, so that you can reflect and turn things around! Happy Summer Reflections!

          • Jun 7, 2015 12:54pm

            I just did this with my students as I was completing my student teaching and I was really impressed with how detailed they were with their responses. It's important to ask open ended questions that require students to think about specific examples, as Brian suggested. Remember, some of them still struggle with abstract thinking. Here are the ones I used: What part of this class helped you learn most effectively? What would you have liked to see differently in this class? Name something your teacher does in her class that she should continue to do, or not do, with students in future classes. I had students answer anonymously and place their surveys in a large envelope, which was suggested in one of Jasmine's articles. I also had them write down their class period so I could see what similarities/differences there were based on each class. While this information will be most helpful in designing my classes for the upcoming school year, it has also been helpful with the interview question "How would you like to improve in your teaching practice?" I now have specific items to discuss as well as a reference for how I know.

            • Jun 2, 2015 8:27pm

              Whoops! Lauren, I just saw you posted the Atlantic article!