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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Student Survey Results

We did a little survey in class the day we recorded our podcapsule. The results are below; 18 students participated. So, without any further ado, here are the results of our class' survey. Please share your thoughts by commenting (anonymously if you wish) below .....

Classroom Environment
The questions in this section were ranked using this 5 point scale:

Strongly DisagreeDisagreeNeutralAgreeStrongly Agree

The bold numbers after each item are the average ratings given by the entire class.

1. The teacher was enthusiastic about teaching the course. 4.89

2. The teacher made students feel welcome in seeking help in/outside of class. 4.65

3. My interest in math has increased because of this course. 3.76
(This question answered by 17 students.)

4. Students were encouraged to ask questions and were given meaningful answers. 4.56

5. The teacher enhanced the class through the use of humour. 4.50

6. Course materials were well understood and explained clearly by the teacher. 4.22

7. Graded materials fairly represented student understanding and effort. 4.17

8. The teacher showed a genuine interest in individual students. 4.22

9. I have learned something that I consider valuable. 4.33

10. The teacher normally came to class well prepared. 4.83

Overall Impression of the Course
The questions in this section were ranked using this 5 point scale:

Very PoorPoorAverageGoodVery Good

1. Compared with other high school courses I have taken, I would say this course was: 4.33

2. Compared with other high school teachers I have had, I would say this teacher is: 4.78

3. As an overall rating, I would say this teacher is: 4.78

Course Characteristics
The questions in this section were ranked using this 5 point scale:

Very EasyEasyAverageDifficultVery Difficult

1. Course difficulty, compared to other high school courses: 3.72

2. Course workload, compared to other high school courses: 3.67

3. Hours per week required outside of class:

0 to 22 to 33 to 55 to 7over 7

4. Expected grade in the course:


Specific Feedback
What was your best learning experience in this course?

Learning to learn
Learning real life applications (2)
"Learning is a conversation."
Circular Functions
Logs and Exponents
Learning new formulas
Conic Sections
People helping each other
Math dictionary (4)
Blogs (2)
Learning was fun and exciting
Group work (7)
Learning cool things
Wiki Assignment
None (2)
Fun classes
Learning grading methods
Bubble tea
Help provided by teacher

What was your worst learning experience in this course?

Probability (2)
Conic Sections
Learning that I didn't study for tests
Logs and Exponents (2)
Online quizzes (5)
Finding links for del.icio.us box
Not understanding lesson (2)
BOB (Blogging On Blogging)
Long lectures
None (2)
Combinatorics (2)
Falling asleep in class
Bubble tea
Wiki Assignment

What changes would you suggest to improve the way this course is taught?

None (4)
More pre-test review
Be more approachable
Make a wiki notebook, edited yearly
Collect homework
Course was well taught (2)
More group work (3)
More bonus questions on tests
Give "Aim for I Rule! not I can get by" speech
"Person to person learning"
"Steady level of work"
Have 2 blogs; one for scribes, one for BOBs
Correct tests quicker
Go through every test
More assignments
Blog OK, but wiki and del.icio.us too much
Keep doing what you're doing
No online quizzes
Put del.icio.us button on blog
Homework only every second day

It's interesting to compare the items that were considered both the worst and best learning experiences. Also, take a look at the list of worst learning experiences compared to suggestions for next year. Help me do a better job next year by commenting on what you see here ....

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At 6/19/2006 1:08 PM, Blogger Lani said...

Hi Pre Cal 40S,

Congratulations! You’ve had quite a year and from the survey it appears to have been a successful one full of learning, new strategies, and fun (I must have started reading your blog too late to ever understand “bubble” tea or is that a Winnipeg thing?).

Mr. K asked what was revealed in the survey that might have relevance for next year. First, my sense is that for the most part, this course and its teacher are both first rate! Mr. K. has structured your learning in such a way that you have had fun, mastered lots of pre cal and learned about learning! I wouldn’t imagine that many teachers are capable of that much less with such excellent outcomes.

I did note that the online quizzes at Quizstar were not a favorite. I would think that having the option to take a quiz online when you are prepared and when it best fits your schedule would be a real asset. I’ve set quizzes at Quizstar and taught other teachers how to use it. I wonder if you have shared with Mr. K. why you didn’t feel it was beneficial. Was it the online environment, something that had to do with the technology, or ??

Your perceptions of group work and conversations as learning look like a component that you’d like to see more of. I, too, see lots of parts of learning as social and a conversation and so I’d encourage Mr. K to incorporate the collaboration more than he has already or if it is already a significant part of the course, to discover a way to make sure student perception realize that.

del.icio.us links are of concern to some. Is that required for your grade or is it an opportunity to earn extra points. Perhaps that could be an option if it isn’t already. I think your identifying resources to help your classmates and the rest of us reading your blog is really a pretty tremendous idea.

Are your reactions to the wiki work, some see if as “worst” and others as a new possibility, because you’re not feeling confident with the technology or because this kind of work moves you outside of your comfort zone? If it’s the latter, I think Mr. K. should continue to incorporate more and more wiki work with the designated contributions into the course with a real focus on how important that kind of learning is to your future (as if he hasn’t done that already I’m sure). In my personal opinion, that kind of learning will set you on an incredible pace to life long learning.

Mr. K. asked about “Help me do a better job”-- I know there is always more to learn and always room for improvement in a course, but from this perspective, the job has been excellent as rated by your students! It’s been incredible watching your learning as you blog! Thanks for the great ride!

I’ll be commenting to your podcapsule too-- as soon as I am able--



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