Do you know what students want?
Do you ever wonder what students want? There are tons of articles out there about how to become a better teacher, but the best way may be to find out from the mouths of the people you're teaching. I found exactly that on social media. I watch social media closely and it's my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.
When you want to improve your job performance, the best two ways are to ask those who manage you and those you manage for performance reviews. Getting a review from your administrator is easy, it's probably part of their job. Getting feedback from students, on the other hand, isn't so simple. Thankfully, others have already asked students what they wished teachers knew.
Roberto A. Gonzalez posted an infographic from Sylvia Duckworth on the 10 Things Students Want Educators to Know. The infographic lists 10 different things students want their educators to consider. You can see that list below. Most of the items on the list break down into two broad areas. The first thing students want is to have a say in their education. They want to have some choice over how things are done and for their passions to get incorporated into learning when they can. Students also want to get treated with respect. They want teachers to know them as a person, not just as a student; to feel like they're part of a partnership, not a dictatorship; and, to have some leeway, as they have off days just like anyone else.
What else would you include on this list? How do you make sure students' needs are being meant? What are 10 things you wish students knew?
Tori Pakizer is the Social Media Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms, and specializes in how teachers use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. You can follow Tori and SimpleK12 on Twitter @SimpleK12. If you have ideas for using social media in schools, please send your information or tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.