Category: Reflection

Tripod Survey Results Reflection

It has been very interesting to analyze the data from the first round of the tripod survey that my students completed. They took the survey at the end of October, and will do so again at the end of the year. I’ve removed the actual scores, but posted the visual below because I like how the image demonstrates the different components of the survey.

While my initial goal this year is to work on improving in the area of “Confer”, my results indicate that I should also focus on certain areas within “Challenge”, “Classroom Management”.

 

CHALLENGE

As the image above shows, my lowest scores overall were in the area of challenge, and it is an area that that I can “build on”.  This was the only area in which I scored a “low” score, which was for the survey item “In this class, my teacher accepts nothing less than my full effort”.  I also got a “medium” score for “My teacher makes us explain our answers – why we think what we think”. 

I must admit that I’m surprised by these results, as I do try to push students to extend themselves and put forth their best effort.  I even have the sign below on my door :). In the next week or so, I will discuss with students and ask them to submit some anonymous feedback so that I can try to understand my scores on these two items a bit more.

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

While my overall scores in these categories were fine, I am concerned about the breakdown of survey items #1 & #3 below in particular.

#1: Student behavior in this class is under control.
#3: My classmates behave the way my teacher wants them to.

It is concerning to me that there are 3-5 students in the class who gave such a low rating on these items. It makes me think that my classroom management style, which effective for most students, is not making these 3-5 students feel comfortable. My goal with classroom management is to build strong rapport with students so that if behavior ever does become an issue, it is easy for me to get the class back on track quickly. However, the system is not working for a few students, so I would like to explore this a bit more. I’m not sure how yet, but I will think about this and develop a plan.

MORE PROFESSIONAL GOALS…

Once I have ruminated a bit more and discussed some of these results with students, I will develop more professional goals that stem from the survey results.

Our First Council Meeting

My first goal this year is to improve my teaching in the area of “Confer” (see previous post). Specifically,  I want to learn how to invite students to share their ideas and opinions.

One method that I am trying is to do more small group discussion-based activities. Students are more hesitant to share in a larger groups. Today, we did our first “council” meeting in mentoring class, where students were split into two smaller groups that each worked with one teacher. Last week, our MS counsellors shared a format for these meetings, and I was looking forward to trying it out.

Slow down, stop talking, start listeningThis is what I need to keep reminding myself. The council format really helped with slowing down, because only the person holding the item (a small stuffed toy) is allowed to speak. I still feel that I talked too much, because I was uncomfortable with how little the students were sharing, and I wanted to model that it’s OK to share.

Teachers are challenged to make curriculum relevant to students. Council promotes this by asking students to share their stories and experiences (paraphrase from the video below).

Overall, the first session we had was “OK”. Students shared a bit. I was pleased that a few usually quiet students opened up and shared some interesting stories. I think that the prompts that I choose are very important, and I will give more thought to this next time. My co-mentor, Steve, sounds like he had a bit more sharing in his council group, so I will ask him for some strategies to get students to open up more. I think I probably rushed the process, as this is an issue that I often have. I look forward to improving my skills at facilitating council over the coming weeks.

“We are so busy, life is so fast-paced. It’s rare that we get to sit down, face to face with another human being, fully focused on them”. – Judy Utvitch from the video below.

“We need to slow down and talk to each other more.” – Student from the video below

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