The school year is wrapping up for me. Like most of you, the end of the year is a time of reflection for me. I’m thinking about the professional development and coaching work and I did this year and what revisions I want to make for next year.
In doing this, I started thinking about how I could assess myself. If I were working with students, I would give a final exam or project that allows students to demonstrate what they have learned all year.
But the last thing I want to do is add more work onto teachers’ already packed schedules. Plus I’m not sure what a final exam or project looks like for teachers. At the same time, I need their feedback in order to improve my practice for next year.
So I started thinking about what data I already collected that I can look at. Here’s what I have:
- My notes from visiting classrooms throughout the year
- My notes from my meetings with teachers individually and in teams
- Their observations from principals and other feedback principals gave me
- Emails from teachers
- Students work they’ve shared
- Exit tickets from PD
- Mid-year reflections
This gives me some rich data about how their thinking and teaching has changed throughout the year. But I also wanted to send out an anonymous survey just to get some direct feedback on my work with them.
I’m working on a draft of the questions I’m going to send out next week. Probably through survey monkey unless any of you have a better platform you’ve used.
Here are the questions from my initial brainstorming.
- In what ways do you feel that you grew as a mathematics teacher this year?
- How have your beliefs on student learning changed? On teaching mathematics?
- What types of support did you receive from Nicora this year?
- In what ways did the professional development and coaching offered this year by Nicora impact your teaching and/or your students?
- What types of support would be helpful during the days Nicora is with us next year?
- What topics would you like additional professional development on?
- If someone else wanted Nicora to work with their school…what would you say in the way of recommendation? Why?
Questions specific to lesson study
- What is one word you would use to describe lesson study?
- What have you learned or what have you thought about differently as a result of our lesson study work? Try to be as specific as possible.
- What have you tried out in your classroom because of our work in lesson study (outside of the lesson we planned together)?
I’d love your feedback and any other questions you use!