Last Thursday, I gave the tripod survey to a group of fourth-graders at the end of the day. The survey was given in their homeroom and not in my classroom. I was told not to answer questions, but just be there. I read the script and students were already familiar with the survey as they had done one with their homeroom teacher earlier in the week.
Our survey results came out on Tuesday and while most of the data is helpful, I have some questions. Overall there was one student who gave the lowest scores in each question. I wonder if he/ she understood the questions. On my lowest “c,” “Consolidate” the phrase “a lot almost every day” was used. They have an art class twice in a six-day cycle, so not every day. I wonder if this wording confused students.
My highest “C” was “captivate!” They truly are interested in what they are making in visual arts classes! I am glad that I am so high in “classroom management” and “challenge” was the highest. I always think I am weak in classroom management, but the results differ.
My goal before the student survey to work on is “consolidate,” which was also the area of the survey with the lowest results. In the short time frame of art class, it’s hard to have time to “review and summarize lessons” each class time. As a team, we are working on strategies like exit tickets, entrance chats and embedding the objectives into the power points, as I often forget to read them. The survey area that was the lowest for me, is also my goal for the year. Glad they match!
Here are the specifics:
Which C is lowest? Consolidate I review and summarize lessons to help make learning coherent and memorable.
“My teacher takes time to help us remember what we learn.” (medium) It’s true, we review a bit but not every class. I just want them to get working on their artwork. Slowing down is a goal.
“To help us remember, my teacher talks about things that we already learned.” (Low) It’s true, in a 40 minute period and I saw them a few days before, I do not spend much time reviewing.
“My teacher takes the time to summarize what we learn each day. “(Low) I wonder if the kids got stuck on the idea that they don’t have art each day, and answered no.
In this class, we learn a lot almost every day. (Low) I wonder again if “every day” tricked them. I was not supposed to explain, but wonder if the wording was “every session” or “every class,” if this would have been higher.