Using Surveys as an Educator

Surveys are an excellent way to gather information about education from the community.  Surveys give communities a sense of belonging and input and give teachers valuable information about that community’s needs.  Teachers can use surveys for so many different things: test-prep efficacy, curriculum feedback, parent involvement, etc.

Students will love surveys because they are interactive and give them a stake in their own education.  The questions on your survey could get the students to really reflect on a subject and make them conduct their own investigation.  Wouldn’t it be nice if every unit started out with organic enthusiasm?  In my first observational experience, my mentor teacher created weekly surveys for the students over their interests.  By the end of the week, the subject with the highest popularity would be taught.  Students looked forward to it all week and even the students whose subject was not chosen still had a blast.   If surveys are used effectively, we could gain the insight we need to increase participation.  While teachers can’t cater to everyone’s needs, it certainly will help out the classroom overall.

However, in my opinion, the best use of surveys is for parent feedback.  This is something that I would like to do at the beginning and end of each year.  Teachers can find out about new students, what disappointed parents about the previous year, or what areas the child struggles  in.  We need to be able to find out how students spend their time outside of class and what role parents are playing in their kid’s education, and surveys can make gathering that information much simpler.

Here is an example:

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