Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

The Class Communicator

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

The Class Communicator

Article excerpt

Very often, in a classroom, there are few students who do most of the speaking whereas many students do not feel compelled to ask questions or make comments. Therefore, the voices of the few students become representative of the entire class. Ideally, teachers should hear from all of their students. A new kind of feedback that could alleviate this problem is called a "Class Communicator."

The Class Communicator is a single-page form divided into four sections. The first section requires basic identification information such as name, email address, and a photo if possible. The second section pertains to the weekly reading assignments in which students write their reflections. section three includes 4 questions: 1. What new information did you gain from today's class and how did it help you? 2. What did you find particularly interesting? 3. Did you "test out" any of the methods, techniques, or approaches learned in this class on your own students? 4. What did the instructor do particularly well in class today? section four is an "Other" section which encourages students to include additional comments or questions pertaining to the class.

During the last 5 minutes of each class, students complete sections 3 and 4 and turn them in as they leave. Professors use this feedback to discover what kinds of approaches are working in the classroom, what questions are not being asked in the classroom, who understands and who doesn't, and what interests might be included in future lectures. …

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