Saturday, April 27, 2013

End of the Year Memory Book- For the Teacher {Feedback from students}

Hey there!

I wanted to share something that I created last year for our class.  It's not your usual end of the year memory book where students write their favorite memories of the year and then take it home to keep.  It's a memory book FOR the teacher, a sort of feedback on the year.

The reason why I created this last year is simple.  I taught 3rd grade for 11 years.  In 2011, I was asked to move up to 4th grade, and so I looped with my class.  I had taught them for 2 years, and at the end of last year, I really wanted to know:

What worked?

What didn't?

What did they love?

What did they hate?

What was their advice to me for next year?

And I knew they'd tell me.  Because I asked them to be honest and to take it seriously because I wanted to grow as a teacher and be even better the next year.  So, for the sake of my next class, they told me what they thought!!

We get feedback from our principal or assistant principal, which is great, but the little people whose lives I affect every day should get a say, right?  And these little folks knew me really well.  I wanted...maybe hear what they had to say!

I'm sorry that I don't have pictures from what they wrote last year, but that was before our adventure into bloggy world.

But, I did read all of them and I took all of their feedback to heart.  It motivated me to try and take what they liked and what they didn't and make my next year of teaching even better than the last!!

Here is a little of what it looks like:

If you'd like to have this to get feedback from your class this year, you can snag it from our TpT store for only $2.00.  Or, you can pin it to win it!!

Here are the rules!

1) Pin the Teacher Memory Book image on Pinterest 
2) Leave a comment with your email and the Pinterest ID in the comment (all you have to do is copy the URL after you pin it to your board and then paste it into the comment section).

I will choose 2 lucky winners Monday!  :O)

I'm not sure if this counts for Joanne's linky since it's really a teacher motivator, but maybe?

Check out Joanne's blog for student motivators!!  :O)

2 more days to enter our giveaway!!!


You can enter to win through the Rafflecopter!  :O)

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  1. I love asking students to provide me with feedback at the end of the year too! Your forms are so colorful and attractive! It is definitely better to have them write their thoughts. You will get more honest opinions and not the same kids who dominate the class discussion.
    Have a great weekend:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  2. I have done this in the past, but never been this organized about it! Thanks for the idea.
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  3. I pinned it to win it! :) wendy

  4. This looks like an amazing idea!

    Rosie's Rambles

  5. I love this idea - I would love to hear their honest opinions and suggestions and your package looks fantastic. I might be a little nervous though!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  6. I love this idea!

  7. You know I love this. There are a couple I might no want to read though! :) LOL
    ideas by jivey
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  8. This sounds like a wonderful way for childen to express themselves through written work and give honest feedback.

  9. I love this idea!! How nice for the students to be able to share exactly how they felt about the year!

    Thanks for posting this!
    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  10. What a good idea! I've asked parents for feedback, but never the kids. They are probably more honest and definitely have more time.


  11. What a super fun and adorable idea! LOVE it!! You two are so darn creative :) And thanks for offering such a fun giveaway!

    Love ya!
    Keepin’ It Kool In KinderLand

  12. I pinned it!

  13. Of course it counts for my linky! ANYTHING that motivates you, motivates your students. I love the idea! I love honest feedback, and who better than your students! Such a great reflection for your teaching! Thanks for sharing and linking up!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  14. Wonderful idea!!
    Thank you for the chance to win it.
    Toni Nicholson

  15. Neat idea, I'm sure you read some very cute responses!
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  16. Awesome idea! I've always wanted to do this, but didn't know exactly how to organize it. Now, it's all done for me. Thanks for the opportunity to win!


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