Student surveys are more important today than they’ve ever been, especially as teacher’s work to discover how the last few years of less-than-ideal learning has influenced their students.
Taking the time to check-in and ask students what they need, what they’re struggling with, and what issues they have in class can be eye opening. More importantly, the information can help teachers adjust how they teach and relate to students, helping those students perform better.
While students should always be the primary reason for administering surveys, these tools are also beneficial for teachers and staff. Student surveys are powerful data gatherers, allowing administration the data they need to see trends and (hopefully) student improvement.
We’ve put together a list of 45 student survey questions you can use in your classroom to get useful, actionable feedback.
These general questions are ideal to ask at the beginning of the year or regularly at the beginning of class. Using surveys consistently throughout the year gets students used to the format and more comfortable answering questions honestly.
1. How much time do you spend on homework every night?
2. What extracurricular activities are you involved with at school or outside of school?
3. On a scale from 1-10, how supportive do you find your teacher?
4. On a scale from 1-10, how supportive do you find your classmates?
5. Have you ever been in trouble at school? Briefly describe your experience.
6. Does anyone help you with your homework at home? If so, what is their relation to you?
7. What’s the easiest way for you to respond in class? Raising your hand? Shouting out an answer? Using a device to answer anonymously?
8. What is one thing you want your teacher to know about you?
9. What motivates you to learn?
10. What would motivate you to spend more time studying?
This set of questions is all about checking in with students to gauge their understanding of the past lesson or the year in general. Using these answers, teachers can adjust their lessons or teaching methods to best help their students.
11. Rank this year’s/weeks lessons from easiest to hardest.
12. How did you find this month/week’s course load?
13. What things would increase your interest in the class?
14. Which classroom activities helped you learn the most?
15. What’s one thing you’re most proud of accomplishing this year?
16. What one thing would you improve about this class?
17. What would you like to learn next?
18. If you could give advice to students coming into this class next year, what would you tell them?
19. Our next topic is ________. How much do you know about that topic?
The questions in this section are ideal for using at the end of the day or a specific lesson. Teachers can use the answers to decide whether or not to spend more time on a section or to reassess how well students are working together.
20. How well did you understand today’s lessons?
21. What one area do you think needs more explanation?
22. How do you feel what you learned today could be applied in the real world?
23. What’s the best way you think you could practice what we learned in class today?
24. What confused you today?
25. How did you contribute in class today?
26. What was your favorite thing you learned in class today?
27. What are you most proud of accomplishing today?
28. Did any other student help you learn today?
29. Did you work with others today? How did it make you feel?
Mental and emotional health are more important today than they have ever been, especially for students. Taking a break from schoolwork to check how students are feeling mentally can give teachers understanding of certain behaviors or attitudes at any given time during the school day.
30. How are you feeling today?
31. Did you get enough rest last night?
32. Do you feel like you can ask for help when needed?
33. Do you feel like your voice is heard in this classroom?
34. How do you feel about your overall understanding of class work?
35. What would help you feel in a better mood in this class?
36. What emotion are you feeling the most today?
37. What was the best part of your week?
38. What was the worst part of your week?
39. How did you feel included in class today?
40. What’s one thing I can do to make your days easier?
Surveys don’t have to just be about assessing the serious things in the classroom. Sometimes, taking a break to ask fun questions helps students relax and gets them ready to continue with the day.
41. Cats or dogs?
42. Are hotdogs sandwiches or tacos?
43. What’s your favorite animal?
44. What’s your favorite meal?
45. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
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