Classroom Feedback

Now that the school year is underway and you have set up your routines and have your classroom management structures in place it is time to gather feedback from your students.  It is easy to avoid gathering feedback from your students as it never feels good to receive less than positive feedback.  However, student feedback can be an extremely valuable tool in maintaining a positive classroom culture.  Three methods I have successfully used are class meetings, a suggestion box and a feedback survey.

To begin a classroom meeting have all the children sit in a circle on the floor, or on chairs.  You may need to rearrange furniture for this to work in your classroom.  Explain to the children that only one person is allowed to talk at a time and you may only talk if you have the ball.  I used a miniature soccer ball for this, however, a tennis ball is fine.  Pose a questions such as, “what can we do as a class to make the classroom a more positive environment?”  Then ask the children to raise their hands if they have a suggestion and roll the ball to one student.  Once the student has finished they roll the ball to someone who has an idea.  It is important that the children are aware that all ideas will be considered.

A suggestion box is a small box in the classroom that the children can anonymously write ideas to improve the classroom or explain things about the classroom or school that have been worrying them.  The ideas in the suggestion box can also be used to guide class meetings.

A feedback survey can also be used to gather information.  The survey may be very open ended or may focus on a particular area of the school such as the classroom or playground.  I have uploaded a classroom climate survey for you to use.  I have adapted it from the school climate survey.  Please download and edit this survey to best suit your classroom needs.  Administrating this survey anonymously may lead to more honest answers.

Classroom Climate Survey.doc
Classroom Climate Survey.pdf

I believe it is vitally important that children feel they are active participants in the classroom.  Participation fosters a sense of belonging and can help reduce disruptive behavior.