I had a request to go more in depth on surveys. I will cover types of questions to consider.
At the end of every year, I take the time to give my students a survey. When I transitioned to a choice classroom I realized the importance of student voice in every aspect of the classroom. I try to keep a mix of types of question for the survey. Here are some categories and questions to consider on a class survey.
TYPES OF QUESTION TO CONSIDER:
Pedagogical Effectiveness: How effective has my instruction been in a student’s perspective?
I know what we are learning every day.
My teacher tells me why I am learning this.
Classroom Environment: How is the classroom atmosphere and environment?
My teacher has good classroom expectations/rules.
My teacher is fair and consist with classroom expectations.
Rigor: How challenging is my curriculum?
The most difficult lesson this year was _____________.
I think the everything is easy in this class.
I found challenges in _____________________.
Choice Continuum Preference: How much choice do my students prefer?
I like to have all 8 centers open.
I want 3-4 centers open.
I want to have more ideas from teacher on what to make.
Favorite Centers: What did my students enjoy the most?
The center I liked the most was.
The center I liked the least was.
Future Ideas: What do my students want more of?
A new center or material I want to try next year is ___________________.
I want to see more…. Ideas, demonstrations, art history, art careers, etc.
I really change up the questions every year depending on what type of information I want to collect from my students. I give them the option of three answers: disagree, somewhat agree or agree. I even tell them to be honest because it does help me.
I am ending our Stretch & Explore section on my lesson plans. I am going to introduce my students to a single point rubric. I have learned a few things about using rubrics. I was tired of students just randomly selecting a number and having no actual thought or reflection about their art. It was silly! I came across the idea of a single point rubric from the Cult of Pedagogy website. I ran with this idea. I liked the idea of only presenting students with the highest achievement or criteria possible. Also, they have to write and be reflective. I added a grade section below for the students to write in what grade they think they deserve based on their reflection.
Stretch & Explore Single Point Rubric
Here is my single point SHoM rubric. I use it two-three times a year with 4-5th grade. I try to get them to write a sentence to explain each side. I did not require them to fill out the whole paper, but to focus on 2-3 habits instead. I have a blank box for the grade near the bottom. I tell them to put the grade they think they deserve. I will conference with them sometimes over these. I have 120-130 students that complete these making it hard to find time to conference with each student.
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