Several times during the school year, I ask my students to complete a teacher evaluation. It’s great: I get feedback from them, they see that I care about their opinion, and they see the changes in the classroom based on their responses. On our final survey at the end of the school year, I received the following reply to the “Anything else you’d like to add?” question:
By being allowed to be part of the class not just a student in a class really helped.
At first, I was happy. It was a huge compliment. A classroom culture of community is something I strive for.
But then I felt sad.
What was going on in this student’s other classes?
So, what do you all do to help students be “part of the class” rather than “in a class?”