Every concerned school leader needs to have the means to monitor what students are experiencing in their school. Here is a proven, quick way to get a handle on how students are experiencing their education and school, as well as a window on potential problems.
I have found that most kids are very honest in their responses to impromptu questions. Here are the three that always served me well:
1. “How hard do you have to work in your classes to get a B? Or to get an A?”
2. “Do you feel that your teachers really care about you and your learning progress?”
3. “Aside from studies, are you finding school-sponsored activities that engage you and are fun?”
Student answers to these questions, solicited informally in the corridors, are surprisingly candid. They give the principal or head an immediate insight into how school is being experienced; what level of demand for quality is taking place in the classroom; and whether students perceive staff as caring and supportive.
Obviously, when the answers suggest less than desired qualities in several students experiences, the next level of inquiry and action can be undertaken.