8 Questions to Ask Students While Completing the Minute Paper

What is a Minute Paper?

The Minute Paper is a feedback tool that teachers can use with their students to help get feedback about themselves while also giving students a chance to self-reflect. This tool gives students the opportunity to reflect on the day and where they are in the learning process. At the end of a class or instructional time, teachers give students one minute to answer two to three questions from the list below. Not asking the same questions every time makes the Minute Paper incredible flexible. This gives teachers and students feedback on the different parts of each day’s lesson.

Student reflecting after finishing the minute paper8 Questions to ask

  • What was the most important (significant, crucial) thing you learned in today’s class?
  • What question(s) do you have about the material covered in today’s class?
  • How can I help you learn the concept that is giving you the most trouble?
  • What was the muddiest point in today’s lecture?
  • List the key concepts from today’s class.
  • What question did I ask students today that helped you the most? The least?
  • What examples did I use today that helped you the most? The least?
  • What is the main application of the material we discussed today?

Other effective ways to use these 8 questions

For a more in-depth answers to the questions, consider asking students to journal. This will provide teachers with more feedback and more reflective information from the student. Using the same questions you would for the minute paper, ask students to journal at the end of each class. This tools helps teachers see what each student needs to help them succeed in the classroom. The information from the journals could also be helpful during teacher-student conferences because teachers are already aware of students’ needs.

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