Technique - Critical Incident Questionnaire

A simple evaluation tool to find out what and how students are learning.

Group Response

At the end of the day (or week, or unit, or other appropriate time period), set aside 10 minutes for the group to respond in writing to a few specific questions:

  • At what moment were you most engaged as a learner?
  • At what moment were you most distanced as a learner?
  • What action that anyone in the room took did you find most affirming or helpful?
  • What action that anyone in the room took did you find most puzzling or confusing?
  • What surprised you most?

Evaluation

  • Keep all responses anonymous. Collect them at the end of the period.
  • Read and analyze the responses, and compile them according to similar themes and concerns. Report back to the group at the next meeting. Allow time for comments and discussion.

Adapted from Brookfield and Preskill, Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms.