Maslow’s hierarchy of needs are ranked in a way that makes the higher operations dependent on the lower operations. Physical and safety needs must be met before a student can focus on their self-esteem or need to achieve. In a classroom teachers mostly operate in the self-esteem or need to achieve structure. But if a student’s physiological, safety or belonging needs are left unmet, then one is left to assume that very little learning is going to happen for that student. Now, no teacher is perfect and we all fall short in meeting the needs of all students. So how do you know what your students need?
In order to make sure that you are meeting all the needs of all your students, give them this self-reported survey. Analyze the reported data using the evaluation and scoring guide. From there you can adjust instruction and classroom procedure accordingly. All good teachers must reflect and adjust in order to be as effective as they can be!