Students are very perceptive. If you walked into any teacher's classroom and asked students for an honest opinion of how fair their teacher is, they would be pretty accurate. You can use this information to your advantage by creating end of the year surveys for your own use. An end of the year survey is one that has all students answer questions you create that are meant to help you become a better teacher for future classes. They can be very informative though you will of course have to remember to take all answers with a grain of sat. Some students will lavishly praise you in the hopes of a better final grade while others might be tough on you - especially if they got in trouble or had poor grades. Nonetheless, you will be able to see an undercurrent of truth if you look at all the answers together. They can also provide insight into improving lessons for the next year.
Following are some possible questions you might use in your survey:
- What was your favorite topic covered this year?
- What was your favorite lesson overall?
- What was your least favorite topic covered this year?
- What was your least favorite lesson overall?
- What suggestions do you have for your teacher to help increase communication with students?
- What suggestions do you have for your teacher to make the class more effective next year?
- Name 3 positive aspects of your class.
- Name 3 negative aspects of your class.
- Any further suggestion?
By giving students the ability to provide you with feedback, you will have information that if used wisely can help you to become a better, more effective teacher in the future.