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What do your students think?

Dylan discusses how the learners can find out what their students think about how well the teacher plans for them to be able to access the learning.
We hope you’ve now tried various ways of eliciting evidence and differentiating for your students. Now would be a good time to explore how your learners feel about learning in this way. Your next task is to devise and give a questionnaire so your learners tell you how they feel about the changes you have made in your classroom. This might also be a good point for you to return to and update your Reflection Grid.

How your students feel about the activities they engage in is important.

As we are approaching the end of the course, Dylan introduces your next task which is to use a questionnaire to ask your students for their views about how they feel about the changes you have made in your classroom and its impact on them.

To support you in creating your questionnaire you will find some sample questions below for you to use or adapt and they are available to download [DOCX] [PDF]. You may wish to deliver them using a Google Form or similar.

You will need to adapt them to take account of:

  • The age of your students
  • The subject you teach
  • The context in which you want to issue the questionnaire

Sample questions

  1. How have the activities in this topic been so far? * Easy * Okay * A bit challenging * Challenging

  2. How do you find the work that you cover in lessons? * I feel I learn new things * I feel I have done a lot of the work before * I find some of the work too easy * I find some of the work too hard * I am happy with the level of the work

  3. Which of the following have you found useful in helping you learn? * Being able to select which activities I start on * Working with others who help me sort things out * Knowing that there are support materials * Working on specific skills I advance of the main task

  4. How do you feel when an activity is challenging? * I want to give up * I ask a friend for help * I work out which bits I can do * I ask my teacher where to start

  5. How do you know where you are in your learning? * By asking my teacher * Looking at my test scores * Comparing myself with other students * Discussing my ideas with others

  6. Complete the following: * Learning in [Science/Maths/Xxxx] would be better if ………………

  7. Complete the following: * I found the use of the double bubble thinking organiser ……………… because ………………


You may want to add questions that relate to any of the ideas you have tried with your students. Are there any questions you would add to your own survey?
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