How Student Behavior Management Surveys Help Teachers


When thinking about how to leverage a survey to inform student behavior management, consider the following:

  • What positive behaviors do you want to see more often? 
  • Are there student behaviors that are inconsistent? 
  • Are there current behavior interventions in place that could use feedback? 
  • What additional information about current student behavior management initiatives would help teachers be more effective?

Student surveys play an important role in advancing and developing school culture and maintaining a school climate that is supportive for all students. Student surveys are an opportunity to engage school staff, students and families in giving feedback but also informing any changes that could make the school a better place for students. The responses from the surveys provide actionable and targeted data points that school leadership can use to implement new programs and practices within the school. 

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Surveys provide an opportunity for teachers and school staff to improve both the learning environment and instruction by leveraging student feedback. For students who are not comfortable providing verbal feedback about their classroom experience, the survey can ask questions related to the learning environment and student behavior choices. This allows students to name what behaviors make them feel comfortable or uncomfortable and perhaps how they respond to them. Students can provide insight to their experience with their classmates but also inform how current systems support them or may be missing the mark. 

What about in the virtual learning environment?

Teachers and students are all adjusting to the virtual learning environment. Part of that practice has been maintaining expectations around behavior. Some teachers quickly adjusted to using technology as a resource to support students in this environment. In this case, surveys can help by gathering information on motivation and behavior assessment. For example students can take a survey to determine if they are motivated by attention or physical rewards. This gives the instructional staff information about how to engage the students virtually throughout the school day. 

5 Helpful Hints from Student Behavior Management Surveys

 Student Reflections

Student self reflection on a survey can give the teacher insight into how the students see themselves in the classroom by responding to questions about their experience, as a student and a peer to their classmates. Student input can also inform how teachers support building relationships with their students.

 Understanding of Behavior Expectations

With a survey, teachers can learn how students perceive current classroom expectations. It is an opportunity for students to share how they understand expectations and their reflections on meeting those expectations. 

 Perceptions of School Climate 

Asking targeted questions related to student experiences with school and their level of comfort in the building gives insight into the true student experience at school. This can speak to student safety and belongingness. School climate has a direct impact on student performance and this information can provide ideas for support or interventions.

 Student Motivation

Student motivation is important for the incorporation of incentives and rewards. For a teacher, knowing what motivates students can help run a positive, supportive and effective classroom. Motivations in an in-person or digital environment will encourage positive behavior which impacts learning.

 Ideas for Classroom Culture

Surveys provide student voice that can inform the structure of the classroom environment. Asking questions about what rules and regulations should be present or asking students to give feedback on classroom norms can be powerful. Teachers can use this for planning and preparing.

Student behavior management surveys are a great way to collect information from students. This is an effective way to collect feedback about the school experience and make adjustments that support students. There are so many uses for surveys and acting on the feedback gathered can have a positive impact on the student learning experience.