The Tripod survey results came out last night, and overall, I was pretty pleased with the results. Having participated in the pilot last year, I knew that “Consolidate” was an area I wanted to focus on. Once again, this is the area where I scored the lowest, and so I would like to continue to make this my goal this year.
I find that summarizing at the end of the block is really challenging, because I’m trying to teach so much and so quickly, while also allowing the kids plenty of independent work time. What that means is that I’m often running out of time, working until the last minute and then rushing kids out the door to their next class without really wrapping up.
Moving forward, I’d like to finish the class five minutes before the block ends in order to allow the kids to share their work and their learning, as well as recap what we’ve done that day (and potentially preview what we’ll be doing the next day). Setting an alarm for five minutes before the scheduled end of the block would be helpful, and would provide a better routine both for me and for the kids, allowing us to end our time together in a more productive, calm way.
Additionally, I want to work on further questioning the students as I’m teaching, in order to ensure that they are following along. This is another indicator from the “Consolidate” component that I think will keep them engaged as well as allow me to check in on their learning with more frequency.
I do plan to share these results, as well as my plans for improving, with the students in both of my classes. I’d also like to allow them to give anonymous feedback on suggestions for what THEY think I can do better. As a teacher, I’m always giving them feedback on how they can improve, but I want to model for them that learning continues even as an adult and a teacher, and that I value their opinions as well. Once I share the results with them, I’d be interested to see what they think would be helpful for me to do in order to improve their experience in my class. Stay tuned for the next post, where I reflect on this experience and share how it went…