Mr. Shaw’s Report Card 1-21-11

grandmother's report card
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Today I had my students grade the teacher and below are the results. In Block 1, I had one student influence the results by making lots of negative comments about getting even with the teacher and getting two peers to follow his lead of marking everything as miserable. Even with three of eight students doing that, I think I was still able to get some good data on areas that I need to look at and to improve how I do things.
MR. SHAW REPORT CARD 1-21-11
Rating Scale:
Excellent 5
Very Good 4
Good 3

Fair 2

Miserable 1
2 students in Block 1 marked all answers-excellent
1 student in Block 2 marked all answers-excellent
3 students in Block 1 marked all answers-Miserable
I guess that I have a very polarizing teaching style: either students really like it or hate it.
1. Teacher created an environment that was positive. Block 1: 3.00
Block 2: 4.40
Block 3: 4.38
Overall: 3.86
2. Teacher created an environment safe for risk taking. Block 1: 2.63
Block 2: 3.40
Block 3: 4.00
Overall: 3.33
3. Teacher created an environment that allowed for personal initiative. Block 1: 3.25
Block 2: 4.20
Block 3: 4.00
Overall: 3.76
4. Teacher created an environment that allowed success for all students Block 1: 2.88
Block 2: 4.60
Block 3: 4.38
Overall: 3.86
5. Teacher created an environment that led to meaningful discussion
Block 1: 2.88
Block 2: 3.80
Block 3: 4.25
Overall: 3.62
6. Teacher created an environment for independent student growth Block 1: 3.25
Block 2: 3.80
Block 3: 4.00
Overall: 3.67
7. Teacher created an environment with appropriate structure Block 1: 3.25
Block 2: 4.80
Block 3: 4.25
Overall: 3.67
8. Teacher created an environment that motivated me Block 1: 3.13
Block 2: 4.40
Block 3: 4.13
Overall: 3.81
9. Teacher gave students the attention they needed Block 1: 3.13
Block 2: 4.60
Block 3: 4.25
Overall: 3.90
10. Teacher’s ability to respect individual student needs Block 1: 3.25
Block 2: 4.40
Block 3: 3.38
Overall: 3.57
11. Teacher’s ability to respond to student’s questions Block 1: 3.25
Block 2: 4.80
Block 3: 4.38
Overall: 4.05
12. Teacher’s knowledge of the subject Block 1: 3.25
Block 2: 4.40
Block 3: 4.63
Overall: 4.00
13. Teacher’s enthusiasm Block 1: 2.88
Block 2: 5.00
Block 3: 4.50
Overall: 4.00
14. Teacher’s preparation for class Block 1: 2.88
Block 2: 5.00
Block 3: 4.63
Overall: 4.05
15. Teacher’s relationship with class Block 1: 3.25
Block 2: 5.00
Block 3: 4.63
Overall: 3.76
16. Teacher appeared honestly interested in helping students Block 1: 3.13
Block 2: 5.00
Block 3: 4.75
Overall: 4.19
17. Teacher’s ability to listen Block 1: 3.34
Block 2: 4.60
Block 3: 4.63
Overall: 4.14
18. Teacher’s ability to keep class interesting Block 1: 3.13
Block 2: 4.40
Block 3: 3.75
Overall: 3.67
19 Teacher graded assignments fairly Block 1: 3.25
Block 2: 4.80
Block 3: 4.50
Overall: 4.10
20. Teacher uses technology in the classroom. Block 1: 3.13
Block 2: 5.00
Block 3: 5.00
Overall: 4.29
Final Grade: 3.88 Block 1: 3.11
Block 2: 4.52
Block 3: 4.31

While it looks as though I am doing pretty good with blocks 2 & 3, the results of my first block, do concern me. If I have that many students unhappy with the way I am doing things for that class, I have to look at what I am doing. That will be step 2 a class discussion based on the results of my report card and other questions that I have as a result of this survey.

Unedited Student Comments
  • green, mean, rotten, and nasty
  • always ready to work
  • no one likes mr shaw
  • trys to be funny and hes sarcastic a lot within the comfert of the person
  • always waiting for someone to raise there hand to help
  • he never gave homework
  • no one likes mr shaw
  • i hate readind
  • always has time to listen, never to busy
  • he gave me lunch detention
  • he tryed to make me laugh
  • The heater noise.
  • always has something to do, even work
  • he has been a very good teacher but there is one thing i dont like is his heater.
  • it some what brightens my day because of the positive atmosphere
  • always has a real grade that we know is ours
  • YOU ARE A VERY NICE PERSON EVEN IF YOU ARE HAVING A BAD DAY, AND YOU DON’T TRY TO EMBARESS ANYBODY
  • TMI
  • A lot of technology.
  • tm (technology)
  • to much (technology)
  • all the time, always on laptops
  • I think it was fun when we made our Avatar!!!!!!!
  • i dont like mr shaw
  • he would not let us do any thing diffrent
  • nice hair cut
  • i feel more confident when i come in
  • no one likes mr shaw
  • MR. SHAW IS AWESOME
  • he gave me a A for a grade
  • can you fix your heater and agen nice hair cut and i know i did not spell agen right
  • this is one out of the 3 classes i like
  • 😛

I want to thank @paulbogush for sharing his survey with me last night, when I put out a Twitter call. I went ahead and created a Google Form from it and then had the students answer the questions during class. Having the answers already in a spreadsheet made manipulating the data fairly easy and much easier than having to plug in the data by hand.

It is interesting what you can learn from this kind of exercise and where it is the half-way point of the school year, it was appropriate. Next I have to put together a mid-year reflection and use these results as part of my reflection.

Now to figure out what I can do to make my teaching more effective for my block 1 students.

Do you do anything like this during the year to see how you are doing from your students point of view? The results might be “interesting”.