I believe that student surveys are a crucial of creating a positive classroom climate and to encourage communication and growth for both students and teachers. Surveys show students that I value their opinions and want them to be a part of creating our classroom culture. They also provide me with information that I need to continually improve as a teacher.
I begrudgingly wrote my first student survey while student teaching to fulfill a course requirement. After spending time with the results and opening them up for discussion with my students, I have become dedicated to consistently polling my students.
The first student teaching survey confirmed one of my worst fears: I wasn’t talking loudly enough for all students to hear me. Once I confronted that this was a problem for student learning, the results provided the impetus for me to commit to finding my teacher voice.