Finding Out What Students Really Think and Feel About Our Teaching
All teachers in my current school are required to collect student voice throughout the year in order to identify needed areas of growth and development. Once this feedback is collected from the students, the teachers sit down with their pedagogical coordinators to analyze this data and to create their own action plan for improvement.
The 5 areas that teachers can seek feedback on are; Expectations, Safety, Relationships, Communication, and Motivation. Each of these areas are further broken down into specific guiding statements related to that particular area as seen in the diagram below. Our school adopted this model from a well-known educational consulting agency from New Zealand. The company's name is Interlead and they have played an influential role in improving upon teacher practice at our school. I highly recommend checking out their work.
In utilizing student voice in your program, not only will students know that what they think and feel truly matters, teachers have an opportunity to model what having a growth mindset looks like by taking action on the feedback received. Teachers can share the feedback with their students, identifying the areas that they have to get better at and how they are going to do this.