The dreaded word around the MYP PE faculty and classroom is ‘reflection’. Do we have to do another one – really? It seems you can tell when the end of a reporting period is up as the students are madly reflecting on everything they have learned and teachers roll their eyes in solidarity – reflection time again – please spare us. I read Jen Hatmaker’s blog post on being the Worst End of School Mom Ever and took some of this away as I thought about how I end each of my units and how I watch the slog over reflections, evaluations, feedback and all the rest – how much can we actually stand as teachers and students???
But over the last few years I have been really working on Feedback. How do we offer feedback and how are we using this lifelong concept in our classes? I have shared a lot about screencasting and ways that I use screencasts in my lessons to offer feedback and also for my students to tell me about their own learning. Next month I will share an article I have written for ACHPER magazine that will be out in July/August about this topic and how it is reshaping my PE classroom and my assessment practices.
But as the semester or year closes, the focus turns to me. How did I perform as a teacher this time around? How did I do? And so it is time to poll the kids. I have discussed this in some length with other educators on Twitter – Adrienne Michetti, Jabiz Raisdana, Kelsey Giroux and Simon Mills just to name a few and we have been discussing surveys for students to fill out that really capture data for us to know if our time and dedication pays off for the students. This is the one I have used this year with my students. I acknowledge that you do need to read the data carefully as every student will feel quite differently about their learning. And so it is the trends over the individual input that I am trying to work from. I am also looking at trialling using formative polls using socrative or infuse learning at the end of my classes to gauge students about their lessons – usually I use these polls as exit tickets to see if they got anything from my lesson or not…
So I would be interested to know if you ask students to offer feedback on your teaching, and if you would be willing to share yours with me and the community here to see how we can grow and get better at what we do.