Week 1 Sept 12 Here is the Critical…

Week 1 Sept. 12. Here is the Critical Incident Questionnaire, designed by Stephen Brookfield. I use this in my traditional classrooms, and receive some excellent feedback. I use it to gauge my student learning, and also to improve my teaching practices. I would like to incorporate it for online use.

The Classroom Critical Incident Questionnaire – Stephen Brookfield
Please take about five minutes to respond to the questions below about this weekend’s class. Don’t put your name on the form – your responses are anonymous. If nothing comes to mind for any of the questions just leave the space blank. At the next class we will share the group’s responses with all of you. Thanks for taking the time to do this. What you write will help us make the class more responsive to your concerns.

At what moment in class this weekend did you feel most engaged with what was
happening?

At what moment in class this weekend were you most distanced from what was
happening?

What action that anyone (teacher or student) took this weekend did you find most
affirming or helpful?

What action that anyone took this weekend did you find most puzzling or confusing?

What about the class this weekend surprised you the most? (This could be about your own reactions to what went on, something that someone did, or anything else that occurs).

Please let me know what you think. Bernie

2 thoughts on “Week 1 Sept 12 Here is the Critical…

  1. Will definitely try out this questionnaire, Bernie, so thx for posting it. The only thing I don’t like about it is the fact that the focus is mainly on what the others did – the teacher, other students. There’s no opportunity for the responder/person answering the questionnaire to reflect on what she did or failed to do and take action – almost as if she’s in no way responsible for her learning. I think we’re all part of the process. What do you think? Or have I misunderstood something?

  2. I strongly agree with Veronica. The questionnaire as it appears is a verbatim replication of Stephen Brookfield’s work, so I did not “tinker” with it, out of respect for his scholarship and (probably) copyright. I agree that students can take charge of their learning. I would consider making minor alterations in the original document. I use this in my traditional classes, but I can see the application in an online class. How would you use this in an online environment? I have my own ideas, but I am interested in how the group would modify the document.

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