For many schools in Canada, the school year ends this week. Both students and teachers are eagerly looking forward to holidays. However, before closing the books for good, I suggest an important exercise to engage both staff and students is to reflect on the past school year. What classroom activities worked best? Which projects really engaged students? Were there other ways that concepts might be introduced which would improve learning?
Many educators, at the end of the term or the year, ask their students to provide feedback through either a paper and pencil exercise or through an on-line survey. Some teachers find it beneficial to ask students, at the year end, to write a note to the next year’s students suggesting how best to succeed in this particular grade or class. Such peer-to-peer proposals can be very effective when these tips and strategies are shared with your new class of students in September.
Several year-end feedback activities are provided below:
- 20 End of the Year Reflection Questions for Students
- 20 End of the Year Reflection Questions for Teachers
- So, how did I do? Getting feedback from students in end-of-year evaluations
- Student surveys on Pinterest
- QUICK End of Year Student to Teacher Feedback using SurveyMonkey
- Karl Fisch’s feedback from his senior high Alegebra class
- End of the School Year Checklist for Principals
Before concluding, I think that I should take a moment and reflect on my own past year. As a life-long-learner, I am so pleased that I have had the following opportunities:
- To reflect on my own 60 years in the classroom as student, teacher and K-12 Educational Technology Consultant. My thoughts were shared in the December 18, 2013 post entitled “Educating With Technology: Changes for the Better”.
- To attend the Manitoba Association for Computing Educators (ManACE) “Technology Information Nights” where I learn so much and get to meet such dynamic, and dedicated educators who are so willing to share.
- To continue to be a member of the Manitoba Association of Educational Leaders (MAETL). With representation from nearly every school division in the province, the members of this organization continue to share technology implementation strategies as well as best practices to implement ICT throughout the K-12 continuum.
- To attend the “Riding the Wave of Change” Conference in Gimli and my face-to-face meeting with Alan Levine (aka “CogDog”) who was my Digital Storytelling DS106 mentor.
- To experience the innovative professional development that took place at EdCampWinnipeg
- To learn and share through the powerful Wednesday night educational Twitter chats known as #mbedchat
- To network and share ideas and resources with so many educational professionals. You know who you are … and for your friendship, I am ever thankful.
I think Henry Ford said it best …
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Take care & keep smiling 🙂
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