Receiving feedback from students is one of the most effective and genuine ways for teachers to improve their practices.
As teachers, it should always be a personal mantra to never settle for what’s good but to continuously improve one’s craft. In doing so, setting up an effective and efficient evaluation system could pave the way to improve teaching and learning.
Receiving feedback from students
Students’ feedback serves as a valuable tool. Due to the fact that they are the ones who are at the receiving end, students experience the full process of teaching and learning in every single session.
Thus, it’s always about looking at feedback constructively and filtering comments from students to maximize the best learning practices suitable for the students.
For an instance, if students feel that a writing activity gets tedious, a teacher may modify a writing reflection task. In effect, instead of writing a 500-word essay individually, they just may write it collaboratively or in just 350 words.
Of course, good feedback is worth keeping and improving. Knowing what the students prefer would enable teachers to develop plans in such a way that it could hit the students’ interests and preferences.
Likewise, by knowing what they don’t like, teachers could modify the activity next time and compromise with them so that they could still develop certain skills without straining them that much.
Feedback instruments for students
Student evaluation may come in oral or written. Teachers may gather information from written reflection and some oral or casual comments from students.
For example, value-guided reflection writing may be one form of acquiring feedback. In this exercise, students get to write a short, standard essay of at least 150 words to express what they learned and how to improve their learning experience.
In addition to reflection activities, teachers could ask students to do the following:
- Think Logs. These are just short reflections and points for reflection students should write in a notebook.
- Exit Posts. On a board near the door, teachers may ask students to post whatever they think about the session before they leave the room. A simple code scheme like smileys or ticks could determine how they liked the class. If a student puts a sad face, the teacher may have to ask the student how to help him/her.
- Mind map/interactive reflections. Reflections may come in different forms like mind maps, video, PowerPoint, blogs, audio recording or even a sketch.
Other than that, teachers could also conduct formal self-evaluations and interviews to gauge student feedback. Students may fill in an evaluation sheet at the end of a particular unit. Perhaps, teachers could have a more holistic perspective on the students’ learning and perspectives from this exercise.