For the second year now I have sent out a survey to guardians in my last couple emails that go out to everyone. I really value family communication and it’s something I take pride in even though I know I can do better. I was hoping guardians would take the survey and share with me if I am doing what they expect.
Here’s a link to make a copy of the survey I gave: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1NPrOr2XRIGaU6PKgWi4GllwgRWKbGb8FKb05o6jHDmc/copy?usp=sharing
I have been pleased with the results, but I really only am seeing a handful of responses. Last year I got 3 responses, this year I got 13. To distribute the survey, I put it in the middle of an email I sent to all my families about 2 weeks before school ended and then I put it at the end of a second email 2 days before school ended. Also, as I mentioned in my last survey reflection post, this really only gets to my second semester families because of schedule changes. I actually had made a survey for the Fall but totally forgot to send it out. 😢 If anyone has advice for how to get more families to take the survey, please let me know!
Based on the results, next year I will plan on continuing to use my Weekly Summaries, class social media (Twitter and Instagram), class website, Google Classroom w/Guardian Summaries, and my monthly-ish newsletter-type emails home. I also, as always, want to get better at making phone calls home and finding a positive thing to email or call home about each day. I just need to find a good system for that. I gave myself a lot of excuses this year with phone calls because my only plan periods were 2nd and 3rd so they were early and I didn’t want to disturb people (but then again aren’t I always disturbing their day with a phone call?). Next year I have 2nd and 8th period off so I want to make my end-of-day routine include the positive communication. Gonna ponder on how I can hold myself to that over this summer break. Again, advice is welcome!
Disclaimer: These results that follow are being published because I like to go back and review them and see how things have changed/improved throughout the years. The rest of this post probably won’t be too useful for readers who aren’t me, but feel free to read if you wish! Since I never posted about this last year, I’m including this year and last year’s results in this post. 2019-2020 is in regular font, 2018-2019 is in italics. I didn’t ask the three “Did you…” questions last year.
What do you think Mrs. Grayson did to help your student be successful this year/semester?
Gave C*** several example problems so she could see visually how everything works.
Kept learning fresh and different
My student missed a lot of days 1st semester, and it was very helpful that she was available to offer her assistance before school.
Great communication with parents
She tried but I believe it is harder because of the quarantined
Offered extra help after class
Always available to help him out with things he didn’t understand
She made sure he had individual help when needed
She was always proactive and was great at communicating. I like the e-learning tools!
Fun class activities that helped him love math again.
- Gave ample opportunity to make work up
- communication to students and parents, easy accessibility to pertinent information (calendar, assignments, extra online help) and offing extra help (before and after school)
What do you think Mrs. Grayson could have done differently to help your student be more successful this year/semester?
Nothing. She did a great job.
I can’t think of anything.
Nothing! great job! L***s is my 4th child and this has by FAR been the best 9th grade advanced math experience.
Nothing. She was very helpful when ever asked
Nothing. She already went above and beyond!
Nothing I am aware of.
Be more positive with students
I think Mrs Grayson did a great job, and I know my son was more successful because of her extra efforts!
What do you think Mrs. Grayson did to help you be involved in your learner’s math education?
- I loved getting the emails and I loved I could see pictures on social media of all the students working.
- Creative activities to keep Kids engaged
- The weekly updates were very helpful. She also posted grades very quickly so that I always knew the status of assignments and tests/quizzes.
- Weekly emailsvwere MUCH appreciated!
- Email updates
- Contacted me if there was a concern
- She sent weekly update emails and always responded to my questions immediately.
- I like the google classroom updates
- Weekly emails, prompt communication.
- Weekly notes
- frequent communication
What do you think Mrs. Grayson could have done differently to help you be more involved in your learner’s math education?
- Nothing. She was always very helpful
- Nothing. She already went above and beyond!
- Nothing, she provided the bridge and it is then up to the parent/guardian to use the information extended to them to springboard off of into engagement with the student.
Anything else you want to tell Mrs. Grayson?
- Thank you for being so patient with C***. Your hard work that you put into your math class and your students doesn’t go unnoticed.
- Loved the communication and feedback
- Thank you so much for helping J*** out 1st semester, and encouraging him to work hard!
- YOU ROCK!
- Thanks for sending updates to me
- thank you for your good communication and hard work
- X**** (9th grade) says Mrs. Grayson is the only teacher that cares about him.
- Thank you for going above and beyond to help keep him on task.
- You are a wonderful teacher! Have a great summer!
- Thanks for being a great teacher.
- Thanks so much for being a wonderful teacher.
- Thank you for ALL your extra efforts! I wish more high school teachers would involve parents like you have this year. Also, had you not provided the finals schedule, I probably would not have seen it!
La communication avec mes familles, c’est en quelque sort mon truc.