Now that remote teaching has been happening for more than a month, it might be worthwhile to check in with students about their overall experience in your class. Learning doesn’t happen without student investment. Checking in with students is one way to help determine how well your remote classroom is functioning and will give you a few ideas about ways to support students during this unusual time.
Here’s an example of some “check-in” questions you could ask:
- What have you been learning about yourself?
- What’s been easier / harder than expected?
- What do you think instructors need to understand about their students during this time?
- What do you think remote learning should look like for the rest of the year?
- What do you think makes a successful educator who is trying to teach remotely?
- What is something that made you laugh this week?
- Tell me one new habit you are proud of and one that you may be a little worried about?
Questions adapted from https://twitter.com/teachntransform
This type of self-assessment helps students build metacognitive awareness as they develop strategic approaches to learning. By facilitating reflexive thinking, you’re helping your students make sense of their life experiences during this difficult time.
In terms of implementation, you could ask these questions in a Canvas discussion forum if you’re interested in a more open conversation or, if you prefer to keep it anonymous, a simple Google form would work well.
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