The calendar is already showing May and that means the end of the year is nearly upon us. As you reflect on this 2018-2019 school year, I challenge you to reach out to your most valuable asset – your students. I encourage you to consider what your students might say if they were asked for their insight on the school year.
Pose questions like these and capture the responses of your students:
- How did the year go, really?
- What did you learn that is going to stick with you long after you leave this class?
- What did you create?
- What are you proud of?
- What were the highlights of the year?
- What do you wish was different?
- If you could tell the next group of students one thing about this class, what would it be?
What might they say? How might their responses impact your plans for next year?
How do you gather feedback from your students about the design, delivery, and effectiveness of the learning experiences?
How might we make this a regular practice and ask for student input more often? Open communication and dialogue around our design of learning experiences may make us feel a bit vulnerable, but it is worth putting our egos aside for a moment to learn about how we may improve.
We know from the Visioning Document: III.j The voice of students should be respected, and their feedback should be solicited regarding their learning and their response to the tasks they are assigned.
What steps will you take to incorporate student voice in your cycle of continuous improvement?