I got this idea from a conference I attended this summer. I have an area on a wall in my classroom I call the "Parking Lot." It's a place where students can "park" their ideas, concerns, or questions about my language arts class. Here are some of the student responses from my 8th graders currently in the lot:
Can we arrange our desks in a big circle?
I dont' understand how to find an adverb when it's in between verbs.
How many AR (accelerated reader) points do we need this quarter?
I think we should read graphic novels for lit.
I then use this as a way to measure what concepts I need to reteach or just simply as a means to get ideas for class.