Being a tech ed teacher gives me a slightly different perspective on how students spend their day. When surveying my students via Google Forms I ask them about things that I am doing and what I can do better. Teacher evaluations are one thing, but student evaluations are so valuable to me.
One of the themes that consistently emerges from my surveys is that students like that they get to design, build, and test their ideas. When I was a student teacher one of my co-op teachers told me, “always give them something to take home.” There is a certain power to having an idea and actually making it. It feels primal and necessary. (more…)