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The Listening Teacher: Getting Feedback From Your Students - TeachThought

The Listening Teacher: Getting Feedback From Your Students - TeachThought | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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“The single most important thing I learned in this class is that I don’t have to have tons of homework to learn a lot.”

 

Mid-year or more frequently, I ask students to complete an evaluation form. I craft the questions carefully so simple answers are hard to write. Instead, I try to create specific, complex questions that cover the material, the classroom activities and the students—peers and the individual.

 

Many teachers shake their heads and avoid these exercises. They scoff that students would actually take the forms seriously or that the students will say anything useful. But I find the nature of the questions often elicits a straight answer—short, but helpful."

 


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Free Technology for Teachers: PhotoMath Could Change the Way We Think About Teaching Math

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The Literary United States: A Map of the Best Book for Every State

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Handy Chart on Traditional Vs Authentic Assessment

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We Are Teachers - How to Get Your Kids to Cite Evidence

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Differentiating in Baby Steps, Part 1: Don’t Differentiate Yourself Into Insanity

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What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher

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Advisory Period and the CCSS - CORElaborate

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Reading Standard One: Grade K-12 Shifts - CORElaborate

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Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

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Formative assessment is a little thing that makes a big difference in student achievement when teachers look at what the students were able to do, the evidence, which students need more instruction, and determine how to tweak their instruction to meet those needs.
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A Guide For Teaching With Analogies -

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Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up

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Carol Dweck's mindset findings make sense.
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