As a first survey with this class I was reasonably happy with the results. I know a lot of these students have come into this class with preconceived ideas of mathematics, have struggled and/or have been demotivated by their ability to succeed in this subject. Therefore, the survey shows that a good first impression of how I care for them to improve and succeed has been noticed and is encouraging to see.
This class also gives me the freedom to try new things as I have another teacher in the class from learning support to help the students allowing some team teaching to take place. Also, with the help of the school, I am able to have a class set of iPads with pencils (the important part for doing maths) in order to utilize technology to support learning. A particular app that I am finding useful is classkick to help with feedback. This I’ll talk about at a later date.
The 7C’s show strength in all areas which is pleasing but there are always ways to improve. As stated previously my goal this year is to teach perseverance and I would say this falls into the challenge category.
Here is a breakdown of each section with my brief thoughts:
This section is good to see and that I am beginning to develop productive relationships with the students. Scoring high on all three sections is reassuring and means I need to keep working on this aspect.
I always try to develop a teaching practice that allows for open dialogue and it is nice to see that students feel comfortable enough in class to share their ideas.
It’s always nice to see that the amount of time I spend planning and working on delivering relevant learning opportunities is appreciated.
Language is always important when conveying concepts in mathematics and I have also introduced a vocabulary list that I try to get students to refer to in order to help them learn. By also using the iPads and classkick I am able to provide quick and relevant feedback.
The first question gives me food for thought but I am trying to get students to think and reflect more on their solutions, which takes time, rather than race through problems. I want students to think about quality rather than quantity of their work. There can therefore be a discrepancy about whether students think they are learning a lot in class. I just need to keep referring back to this.
It’s good to see a positive start has been made but maybe I need to challenge my students more with regards to the last question? This will be discussed in more detail in a later post.
This is a nice class to teach and I hope I am consistent in the standards I expect to see in class so this is good to see.