Survey Reflection and Goal

I am going to work on clarify as my goal this year. When I was looking at my survey results, I found what seemed to me to be somewhat of a contradiction, in that an area of growth was:

• When s/he is teaching us, my teacher thinks we understand even when we don’t.

but areas of strength were:

• My teacher knows when the class understands, and when we do not.
• If you don’t understand something, my teacher explains it another way.
• My teacher checks to make sure we understand what s/he is teaching us.

I have spent some time thinking about why this might have happened, and the best I can tell is that while I may be going around and looking over students shoulders to see if they are understanding a particular problem, they may not be aware of it, and therefore do not think I know how they personally are doing. When I address issues that I see as I walk around or return an assessment, it is usually in general terms, not individually.
With this in mind, I want my goal to be making time to check in with students individually on a regular basis. I see many opportunities to do this but making sure there is enough time will be the challenge.

Here is an initial list of ways I can see it being a natural fit:

• Instead of going over an exit ticket, have a quick word with individual students about something they did not understand.
• When I return quizzes and tests, make sure to check in with students and go over trouble spots I noticed with them individually or in small groups with others are making corrections.
• Find additional problems to give to students when I see an area where they need some extra practice.
• Engage in conversation more with students when I have them working in groups at the board.


Welcome to your Professional Learning Blog! This is a place for you to post your goals, and reflect on them throughout the year.

  • Decide on your goal, perhaps in consultation with your colleagues or principal, and create a post to share with this online professional learning community that you are now a part of! Categorise this post in Goal Setting. Set your goal by considering:
    • Self assessment and reflection based on new teacher standards  (Tripod 7C’s)
    • Previous or new observation data from peers and principals
    • Student surveys (online surveys developed and aligned with 7C’s)
  • Identify colleagues, coaches, principals etc. that will play a supporting role in achieving your goal, and invite them to view and comment on your post. Encourage them to bookmark your blog and visit regularly.
  • Throughout the year, collect and share evidence to support your progress. Categorise these posts in Reflection.
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  • You may also like to share work that your students have created or your own professional achievements that may not be directly related to your goal setting. This is encouraged! Categorise these posts as Showcase.

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