Student surveys are a cornerstone of my instructional practice. My students take a survey once or twice each month to reflect on their learning and classroom experiences as well as to provide me with valuable feedback.
After years of surveys, I have tried many questions and question types and have found some that lead to better feedback than others. This post focuses on the reasoning behind those 15 questions. I would love to hear about your favorite student survey questions in the comments!
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What do you want to learn?
The original question. It’s basically the “Doctor Who?” of student survey questions. I like to ask this question, just “What do you want to learn?,” in the first weeks of school to get a feel for student interests and expectations.
In later units, I might tell them about the standards and learning targets for the next unit, and ask them what they want to learn surrounding those topics. Their feedback gives me an idea of which topics to spend more time on or to add to our upcoming unit.