After each class has had an opportunity to post their comments, I reviewed them. I thought about the results in several ways:
What big ideas are embedded in the feedback across grade levels?
How will this information inform my future instruction?
What surprises me and why?
How does the student feedback make me feel, and what do I want to keep and change in enrichment programming to make myself satisfied with our joint learning experience?
When searching for big ideas, I was happy to find some of the underlying goals of my teaching philosophy--that of student choice and voice.
"I liked the capstone projects. I liked that it gave me freedom to learn anything." Grade 4 student
"It was fun when we had choice time. I like that you can do your own things and not do the same thing as everyone else. " Grade 2 Student
" i like choice" Grade 1 Student
"I like that we got to be creative about our own blog and make our blog our own choice. " Grade 2 Student
"Please keep choice time!" Grade 3 Student
I also found students enjoyed making connections to their own classrooms and curriculum.
"I like the westward expansion presentation" Grade 3 Student
"I think you should keep doing the light unit with all the second graders. The activities were fun." Grade 2 Student
"Learning about plants. Working on our science notebooks drawing the plants." Grade 1 Student (in positive feedback)
"I like that we got to do some things that we were working on in the classroom " Grade 3 Student
Students varied in their opinions of technology. There were many positive comments about technology projects and tools, but there was an equal call for more time spent on 'arts and crafts', building and creating 'off-line'. It is clear from my students that most enjoy technology in a balanced environment that includes other choices and opportunities.
A large item that was voiced by several students in multiple grades was the idea to go outside more. Students in first grade loved our trips to the garden to connect with their plant unit, and wanted to do it more, while third graders mentioned our outdoor study of erosion as an example of something they would like to do more of. And some students just wanted to go outside more period!
Students also added a variety of things that they would like to see added to the enrichment curriculum:
More arts and craft projects
Sewing (this was a big one!)
More Toys in the kitchen area...to name a few!
This is just a sampling of the comments I received and some of the ideas that will shape my instruction. I appreciated all of the comments and they will all be taken to heart as I spend the summer planning and creating new and fabulous experiences for next year! I am so thankful to spend time learning with such a reflective and curious group of students.
Happy Summer Everyone!
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