Category: Reflection

Final survey

Final results are in. Although all results were pleasing I was focussing on the challenge section during this school year.

End of year results

End of year results

The challenge section gave me the most pleasure to see that the strategies I tried to implement had a positive impact on the students.

Challenge section

Overall this has given me time to reflect and think about how I make this a common occurrence in my teaching practice, so that it becomes the norm, rather than making it a specific goal for the year.


Throughout the year I had the pleasure of being observed to get some feedback but also observing my peers. Although time is a precious commodity I need to push myself to observe more of my colleagues next year. It is always reassuring to know I am doing the right thing by improving my teaching practice but also picking up tips when observations take place.

Observation cards

Example of some of the observation feedback

Student as a learner

Although I have highlighted perseverance in class and spoken about it I wanted to formalize the process a little more and have something concrete to refer to. This lead me to use the student as a learner rubric (SAL) that we report on at the end of each reporting period. This process involves students having a one on one conversation with me and I get them to self reflect on their work habits, organizational skills and collaboration. We talk about why they award themselves that criterion and examples of how they can improve. This has proven successful. Within the rubric, there is a section about perseverance and I have been guiding students to refer to this section. This has definitely helped students think about it more.

Student as a learner rubric

Reading material

Over the course of this goal setting and reflecting period. I have been asking my peers about perseverance and how they teach it. It’s led to some good discussions and has pointed me towards the following websites and reading material:

Lance King

Sara Van Der Werf

22 minutes, Mindset, Grit and Trauma

This is just a selection of the resources I have used but has given me food for thought with my class that I have used when planning.


Analysis of survey results

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:


Care results

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.


Confer results

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.


Captivate results

It’s always nice to see that the amount of time I spend planning and working on delivering relevant learning opportunities is appreciated.


Clarify results

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.


Consolidate results

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.


Challenge results

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.

Class Management

Class management results

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.

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