7 Effective Templates For Teacher Feedback

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.

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Templates For Teacher Feedback

3 Comments

  1. Imtiaz Shaik

    May 20, 2014 at 2:52 am

    I am part of Parent-Teacher Association of my child’s school, I have been asked provide feed back on some of the teachers

  2. Christy

    June 4, 2014 at 1:13 am

    I work in an institution of higher education and I analyze all student satisfaction surveys fir the course and instructors. I may have to direct the higher ups to this as they rewrite the faculty survey :)

  3. Randl J. Spear

    July 28, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I think this teacher evaluation concept is excellent; but, I would recommend expanding it up a level. As a building principal, I would occasionally provide my teachers with a similar tool requesting an evaluation of my performance as their educational leader. I “say” similar, because my form had significant fill-in-the-blanks requesting extensive feedback around specific topics such as overall discipline, administrative support, building maintenance. And, my form always left a large empty page for additional comments. I also would not permit a teacher to place his/her name on the form, or any other identifying references. I demanded autonomy to hopefully solicit honest feedback. Some of the remarks were pretty poignant, but always constructive. I would address these issues globally in our next faculty meeting, asking for further feedback. Once the teachers realized I was sincere in seeking their feedback they would come to me personally for an eye-to-eye conversation where they would give specifics for their comments. This was super; and I highly recommend it to all building level principals. This technique has to rank among the top levels of Maslov’s hierarchy of need.