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Report Card for My Teacher: Get Student Feedback

EducationWorld is pleased to present this professional development resource shared by Dr. Jane Bluestein, an expert in relationship-building, positive school climate and effective instruction.

student feedback survey Want to know how you’re doing as an educator? Just ask!

Most students love to give teachers feedback, and considering how insightful they can be, it’s really a shame we don’t ask them more often than we do. (You do not need to ask for names to get some good reinforcement for things you’re doing that are working for them or for ideas about ways you can tweak your teaching, changes you can make in your classroom, or choices you might be able to start offering.) The Report Card for My Teacher survey makes it easy.

Sample questions include:

  • What do I do that you appreciate most? Or what do I do that helps you most?
  • What can I do to make your experience in this class better?
  • What in my behavior makes you feel valued and welcome in this class?

A great activity for parent-teacher conference time, administering this student feedback survey sets a positive tone in the classroom. When a teacher cares enough to ask about what's working, and what s/he could do better, it not only communicates that students are important, but also offers a model of striving for self-improvement.

"Report Card for My Teacher" adapted from Becoming a Win-Win Teacher (2010), by Jane Bluestein, Ph.D. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Publishing.


Related resources

Lesson: Teacher Report Card

Also from Dr. Bluestein:
Is Your School Emotionally Safe?
Accommodating Student Sensory Differences
Tips for Positive Teacher-Parent Interaction
The Art of Setting Boundaries
The Beauty of Losing Control, Part 1
The Beauty of Losing Control, Part 2
Stressful Student Experiences: What Not to Do

About Dr. Bluestein

Dr. Jane Bluestein is a speaker, trainer and specialist in programs and resources related to relationship building, effective instruction and personal development.

She is an award-winning author whose books include Creating Emotionally Safe Schools, High School’s Not Forever, 21st Century Discipline, The Win-Win Classroom and many others. In addition, she has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Dr. Bluestein, formerly a classroom teacher, crisis-intervention counselor and teacher training program coordinator, currently heads Instructional Support Services, Inc., a consulting and resource firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Visit her Web site to access free resources, order books, read her blog and more.

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