This is the second year I’ve used a Google Form “Teacher Report Card” with my students. To access a sample report card, and learn about those who inspired me to try this type of feedback, go here. I love the looks on students’ faces when I tell them it’s their turn to grade me – oh the power! And why shouldn’t students feel empowered to share their voices with us… about us teachers? I love reading the praises and stings, and being able to process the feedback to keep doing what seemed to work, and tweak the things that didn’t go so well. Reflection is a healthy process for teachers, and there’s no one better on the planet to ask than the students with whom you’ve spent so many glorious hours.
What I found to be THE MOST INTERESTING responses this year were the answers to “What did you like BEST about this class?” This was an open-response item in the Google Form, so students could elaborate and I analyzed their answers for patterns and themes. Being middle school students, I thought for sure a social aspect, or possibly the technology component would be in first place.
Not even close.
My former principal Jackie Santanasto is right on target when she says, “The single most influential factor on student learning is the classroom teacher.” It’s fascinating, humbling, and for me, a bit unexpected in this 21st century we’re living in. Thankful to have been a positive influence on another crew of kids.
Some responses in the raw (jazzed up using quozio.com)
My FAVORITE response to, “How can the class be improved?”
Me too, kiddo. These desks-with-a-metal-bar-attached-so-you-can’t-even-move-them-side-by-side-because-the-bar-makes-it-impossible-to-get-to-the desk’s-seat are the death of me. Traditional rows make me sad, but they are pretty much the only thing I can do with these sorry desk-chair-combos. We collaborate in the hallways, on the floors, and generally in spite of them.
Teacher report card, anyone? If you’re brave enough to give it a go, I’d love to hear your feedback.