This week I have been thinking about how do I facilitate student feedback on their learning and how I get it or might get it to inform my practice? I have always found this task easier to do with older students and have done this through various methods, such as sharing time, trusted friends, Langford tools, sticky notes, rubrics etc.
However I always find it more difficult to do with younger students, in the Junior Primary area. Often the responses I would get are “good, great, okay” which is nice but not very helpful. I would like to get more meaningful feedback from my students that will help me improve my teaching practice and their learning!
Yesterday, I started the ball rolling by asking the students how they would like to give feedback – I really enjoyed the conversation that followed, as they were eager to discuss their ideas. These ranged from – ‘we should make a book of all the things that we have been doing and we could write in it how we think it went’ or ‘we could take photos of us working and then we could comment on these’, right through to ‘lets make a report card for Mrs. Warner and give her a grade and effort!’ They really wanted to create some questions that they could respond to but struggled when I asked them what questions do they think we need to ask?
I believe giving students the opportunity to work through this process will be really valuable and we will continue our conversation today. However I would be really interested to hear from other teachers, especially in the Junior Primary section, how they develop and get valuable feedback from their students? What do you do in your classroom?