Feedback in the classroom is often one-sided: the teacher gives feedback and the student receives it, generally relating to the quality of their work. Depending on the level of the students you teach, you may find yourself subject to student evaluation, but generally that only comes once a semester (at least at the university level), and generally when the course is completed and grades are either done or almost done.
When I was a teacher, some of the most useful feedback I got was from my students at the end of the semester. Often times, I would read the course evaluations and wish that the students had told me what they were thinking before so that I could tweak something, add something, quit doing something that wasn’t working, etc. Especially as a new teacher, that feedback was super helpful.
I also understand why feedback was only solicited at the end of the semester: so that students wouldn’t fear that their grade might suffer if they offered criticism in their feedback. Luckily, there are now a lot of online tools available for students to offer anonymous feedback at any time during a course. We’ve also put together a list of a few of our favorite templates for eliciting feedback from students. They’re all Google-Drive based, so they’re free and easy to integrate into your classroom. If you have a favorite template for teacher evaluations, please share them with us! You can contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.