Lesson 2.2.6: A Letter To The Teacher
- Near the end of the semester or after a significant event/lesson, ask students to reflect on their learning experience(s) in the format of a letter.
- Provide students with an explanation such as the following: Please reflect on the learning you have done on teams this semester using the format of a "Letter to Tracy." I have provided you with the first line to your letter, Dear Tracy.
- Also, explain why you want them to write you a letter and indicate any questions you want addressed. Indicate the length you would prefer and any other restrictions.
- Reinforce that the grade will be based on completion only and that completion will be based on answering the questions that you pose.
- After you have had time to reflect upon their letters, follow up and write a "Letter to the Class."
- Students tend to speak more freely because they are using their own voice.
- It provides students with an opportunity to reflect on their own learning.
Rando, W. C. Learning From Students: Early Term Student Feedback in Higher Education. National Center On Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, 1994. Print.