In the Classroom

social-emotional learning data

How to Share Social-Emotional Learning Data with Students

In our work with schools and districts, Panorama helps educators use social emotional learning data to better understand the strengths and needs of their students. Many districts use social-emotional learning (SEL) surveys for district- and school-wide data inquiry and continuous improvement processes and to set targeted goals around students’ social emotional development.

Increasingly, we’re finding that school leaders and teachers are interested in sharing this SEL data directly with students. Discussing SEL data with students promotes a deeper understanding of what is measured, what these SEL skills mean, and what students can do to improve. Drawing from our work with school districts nationwide, we’ve created a brief guide for sharing SEL data with students.

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Kimberly Williams shares strategies teacher can use to get to know their students during back to school.

Teachers Share Tips on Getting to Know Students

With back to school season in full swing across the country, we wanted to share stories from two teachers filled with tips to get to know students better during the first few weeks of the school year. Kimberly Williams and Suzanne Rogers both used Panorama’s Get to Know You survey, a free research-backed tool, to build strong relationships with their students. They’re among the more than 3,000 teachers that have used the survey with 30,000 students!

The Get to Know You survey builds on research from Panorama’s Director of Research Dr. Hunter Gehlbach showing that positive teacher-student relationships are critical for students’ engagement, sense of belonging, and overall well-being at school.

Below, these teachers share how they’ve used the survey in the past, and how they’re planning to get more teachers and district administrators involved.

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student voice

Make Student Voices Really Matter in Our Schools

Nearly every middle and high school gives students a voice on campus in some way, but many schools miss the opportunity to make student voices really matter. Student voice is an area that I’ve been passionate about for a long time. When I was a student at North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles Unified, I participated in several meaningful programs that gave students a real voice in solving problems and helped many students develop leadership capacity (and not just the usual suspects!). Here are four strategies to make student voices really matter in your school.

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student surveys for classroom change

Using Student Surveys to Make Real Classroom Changes

Bringing student voice and ideas into the classroom through surveys can lead to positive improvements for both students and teachers. Brandy Cooper, a 6th grade teacher at Milford Central Academy in Delaware, recently shared her experience using the Panorama Student Survey and highlighted the new strategies she’s implementing in her classroom to keep students focused and help them form better connections with the class material—all as a result of what she learned from her student feedback!

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Introducing Students to Goal-Setting with WOOP

Teachers and counselors regularly help students set goals as an important way to make progress as a learner and to develop skills around working toward long-term objectives. Dr. Gabriele Oettingen, professor of psychology at NYU, and Character Lab have studied how when the WOOP goal-setting method is used with fidelity, it can improve students’ effort and outcomes. In a recent webinar, Character Lab and Panorama teamed up to present how school leaders and teachers can introduce students to WOOP.

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student surveys

A Guide to Student Surveys About Teaching

For many teachers, the most important source of feedback about their teaching practice is their students. Knowing how their students feel about how they are taught and supported in their classes and at school can help teachers develop stronger relationships with their students, set goals, and measure progress towards those goals. Student surveys about teaching give teachers the feedback they need to strengthen their practice.

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