Student Survey Results, Fall 2019

In looking at 7C student survey data, and comparing to my initial thoughts in Blog Post #1, it turns out I do in fact have a different opinion of my teaching than my students. I had identified “clarity” as my target area for growth, while my survey results tell me that my student have identified “consolidate” as an area for improvement.  While the weight of each category is not clear (eg: if students think one more vital than the other), this was my lowest ranked category.

I’m a big fan of the Russian-Reagan proverb, “Trust, but verify.” In research this is known as triangulation and having collected quantitative survey data from a group at large, I would love to have focus group interviews to ask about specific points to better understand perspectives to inform the teaching strategies I can employ so I don’t miss the mark on my student’s needs. This is not because I am upset.  On the contrary, I want to be well-informed in designing valid improvements.  This holds true even with criteria that I got very positive feedback on as well.

It appears that “confer” and “captivate” are my strengths as an educator, but the extent to which this is true has to be questioned.  This data came from a survey that many students finished in just a couple minutes, was responded to in my presence (demand characteristics), and was a small convenience sample (which I got to choose) of my overall student population.  This likewise means that I am not jumped for joy at the above graphs which are overwhelmingly green.

For now, I will check in with students to share the data in an un-biased way, and ask some questions that probe deeper to inform my next steps.  Assuming the data checks out, I will be prepared to focus my energy and attention fully on “consolidate” and find evidence-based practices to help me best summarize the learning at the end of lessons, asking questions to ensure students are following along, and focusing on the visualization and process of learning.

At this time, I certainly do think I can do better on summarizing learning at the end of lessons.  Sometimes an exit ticket is not enough, especially after a 3 hour class such as that from which the above data was drawn.  I would like to have my initial focus simply be on recapping the activities and learning before the exit ticket is presented at the end of the class.

1 Comment

  1. Patrick Hurworth

    November 26, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Brian – wonderful reflections. You are really making the most of this chance to get feedback from the most important people in the building. I really appreciate it and enjoy reading your thorough reflections. I love the idea of the focus group, despite how time consuming that must be for you. Thanks, Brian. Time well spent!

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