As teachers, we play many roles in our students’ lives. We shape social and emotional development, support wellbeing, all whilst delivering academic progress.
So how do you keep track of changes over time, pick up issues quickly, and encourage students to reflect on their work and behavior?
Beginning and ending your week with a question on Ziplet can be a helpful way to keep track of changes in your classroom, as well as encouraging students to take greater ownership of their learning.
Here are some of the most popular questions to ask at the beginning and end of the school week.
Starting the week with this question encourages students to be more active participants in their education. It challenges them to consider the actions they can take to improve their learning.
It also opens the conversation around the things students should be doing. Following this question, take the opportunity to share ideas about the steps they can take to improve their approach to learning.
Encouraging small acts of kindness can be a powerful tool to build a positive school culture. It also encourages students to reflect on the ways they treat others for the rest of the week.
Having something to look forward to gives us a greater sense of purpose. Encouraging students to think about this on a weekly basis provides both the immediate benefit and teaches students to practice gratitude as a life skill.
Understanding the areas students need the most support on a weekly basis can help you take action in-the-moment. It can also provide a helpful means of tracking which parts of the lesson content students are struggling with and allows you to make adjustments for future classes.
Whilst this question provides clear benefits from a wellbeing perspective, it’s also helpful for encouraging mindfulness. Asking students to reflect on their emotions helps them to become more conscious of their feelings and how this might affect their behavior.
At the end of the week, encouraging students to reflect on the things that have gone well for them helps practice gratitude and looking for the positives. It can also help them understand and build on their strengths.
Reflecting on what we can do to improve gives a focus point for effecting change in our lives and growing. This question gives students an opportunity to reflect and be proactive about their growth.
Student feedback done the right way is focused, asked in the moment, and concerned with uncovering how you can better support your students.
Student feedback is a simple and fast way to learn what’s working in your classroom and what needs tweaking.