As we were reaching the end of our projects it was time for those all important evaluations, what had they learnt? What did they enjoy doing? What did they think they did well? We all understand the importance of this reflective process, however, it can become quite stale and unfortunately this does not evoke the most well thought out answers from our learners. I decided to do things a little differently and turned the boys changing room into a diary room in the style of Big Brother.
I hid myself behind a sheet of material armed with a laptop. I had also hidden voice recorders at various points around the room hoping that if one did not hear one of the children then the other would. I had asked my housemate to record a selection of phrases and questions that I wanted the children to answer meaning it wasn’t even my voice the children were hearing (it did also help that he was male with a northern accent, a surprise to the children!).
The children came in groups which I felt they would work best in and I they reported thoroughly enjoying this process. They came out giggling and the others were desperate to come in for their chance – much more exciting than a paper based evaluation and I have a greater depth of answers than I could have expected in a written evaluation sheet.