Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Class Survey

The exam is over and we did a little survey in class. The results are below; 17 students participated. If you'd like to add another comment on what you see here email me or leave a comment below this post.

Without any further ado, here are the results of our class's 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. 4.59

2. The teacher made students feel welcome in seeking help in/outside of class. 4.35

3. My interest in math has increased because of this course. 3.35

4. Students were encouraged to ask questions and were given meaningful answers. 4.29

5. The teacher enhanced the class through the use of humour. 4.24

6. Course materials were well understood and explained clearly by the teacher. 4.18

7. Graded materials fairly represented student understanding and effort. 4.12

8. The teacher showed a genuine interest in individual students. 4.12

9. I have learned something that I consider valuable. 4.47

10. The teacher normally came to class well prepared. 4.65

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: 4.06

2. Compared with other high school teachers I have had, I would say this teacher is: 4.12

3. As an overall rating, I would say this teacher is: 4.35

Course Characteristics

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

Very Easy
Very Difficult

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

Very Easy
Very Difficult

3. Hours per week required outside of class:

0 to 2
2 to 3
3 to 5
5 to 7
over 7

4. Expected grade in the course:


Specific Feedback
[Ed. Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of students that gave the same answer.]

What was your best learning experience in this course?

Learning many things on my calculator
Developing Expert Voices Project
Group Work (5)
Class Discussions
Sharing Ideas
Made learning easier and fun
Solo in-class work
I could listen better
Personal Finance Unit (3)
Probability Unit (2)
Helping each other
Being able to sit not taking notes because they would be online
Able to learn from students as well as teacher as if it were feedback on my mistakes
Being encouraged to contribute to the learning environment

What was your worst learning experience in this course?

Blogging (3)
None (2)
Blog was sometimes unsteady because notes needed to be written when scribe didn't post
Not having Mr. K. in class
Probability Unit (2)
When I didn't get anything
Vectors Unit (4)
Statistics Unit (2)
Sequences Unit
Periodic Functions Unit (2)
When one student wasted time arguing
Using technology in assignments
Being expected to work hard, few teachers care — I appreciated this "negative" experience

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

Have more students at front showing work to get more ideas and feedback from peers
I think this course was taught great and really enjoyed the online work
A little more explanation in every topic
Less online homework
I suppose maybe look at how you can help individuals do better. Most do better in groups or by talking. I can't learn like that so this class sucked for me.
Nothing really, I thought this course was great and fun; thanks for teaching us.
Any suggestions I have would only make the course pander to laziness.
Watch if the scribe was done on time.
State that reflection posts and delcious links are both done, not one or the other, more clearly.
Try to teach slower, sometimes you go through lessons way too fast for me to understand.
This has been the only math class I've done well and felt confident in both at the same time. Thanks Mr. K!

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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