One thing I picked up from my teaching practicum is gathering student feedback. I made questionnaires for the students to fill out and that helped me recognize areas to improve on. One major feedback from my very first questionnaire was a quarter of the students felt my Math lessons were too rushed. I adjusted accordingly and it worked out for everyone.
Last year I also did an evaluation before Winter Break. I found out a student had felt left out and ignored by the rest of the class. So I integrated her into more pair activities the second semester. She made some friends and seemed much happier. The student feedback was an unique opportunity for me to learn something I wouldn’t have known otherwise.
Now that I’m well into my 3rd year of official teaching, I am much better at reading students’ facial expressions and checking in with the students during the class. Granted, I don’t want to get too comfortable and lose on opportunities to be even better. This year I went digital. I made a Google Form for the first time and administered to all my students. (Not only do I save paper, it is also a nice and easy way to view the results.)
The results are quite encouraging. The students feel I’m teaching at a good pace and the classes aren’t too boring. They like listening to me read more than they like to read on their own. Pat on the back, Mr. Sun = ).
“Teacher made the story been not boring again”
“listen to Mr. Sun is fun”
“feel happy, makes me wanna go to class”
“Can let teacher know what were thinking”
“Teacher is nice, free time is fun, sofa and carpet are comfortable, everythings are incomprehensible.” – I hope the student meant everything is comprehensible!
“Boys can be more clam (calm)” -> totally agree!
“I don’t like the pig because they are cute.” -> I have no idea what this is about.
“Wifi is often to slow”