Tuesday, April 25, 2006


I am worried about giving out the student survey. Anybody else? What if the kids don't see the change? Or more importantly, what if they don't care? I know my freshmen Honors class as well as my seniors has been working well with me on feedback about trying new things, but I am unsure of whether or not my regular ninth grade will know what we are asking. Just something I am thinking about. I hope I can bring them to the computer lab so I can go through it with them without leading them. This is something I am also going to do with their survey from the grading pilot program.


Blogger Karl Fisch said...

Good questions. It is a fine line in terms of directing them without leading them.

I think if the survey indicates that they don't see the change, maybe that tells us that we need to be more open about the things we are doing with our students. I think a big part of this is including students in as many ways as possible in their own education - including discussing our thoughts, hopes and fears along the way.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Cara S. said...

Yes, I am nervous too. That's probably why I commented on the wiki-survey about not liking the word change. I guess I'm afraid to ask them about change because maybe there hasn't been any...and there has, but is it noticeable? If not, we've got a lot more work today as we enter years two and three. But, hearing everything you've done with your kids, I think they'll give you awesome feedback!

12:28 PM  
Blogger Cara S. said...

Since Karl sent both of our survey results together, I read what some of your students had to say. Looks like you had nothing to worry about. Be proud of the job that you are doing with your classes, you really are helping to make them better people. In the words of my daughter, you are a "superhero!" Keep up the good work.

6:41 PM  
Blogger McBride said...

I am a bit worried about the survey as well. I wanted to take them into the lab to do this - but I have NO TIME! So, I am going to try and have the students do this on their own and then have my student assistant check off that they did the assignment.

However, do i want to make this a grade? (you did it or not) Or do I want the students to do this on their own? I would like the second one to take place, but I'm not sure the students are at that point!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Ms. Kakos said...

I wonder if I were a student in my own class if I would have noticed any change. I think I would probably to self-absorbed to look at class from this kind of perspective. Reading what my students have written already, I'm kind of impressed by their ability to evaluate teaching and learning. Anyway, I agree with Cara--you are a superstar and have nothing to worry about. However, I also know that you will largely ignore this comment because you are such a perfectionist :) Love you!

11:11 AM  

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