All survey response can be found in the following posts:
Student Survey Question 3: What are you doing when you watch the videos? Are you an active listener?
|I feel like I give 100% effort every day - 46 students, 28% of responses|
|I feel like I try my hardest, even when it doesn't seem like it- 104 students, 64% of responses|
|I feel like I am pretty lazy most of the time - 18 students, 11% of responses|
|I feel like I am lazy all the time - 2 students, 1% of responses|
|I don't really try very much in math class - 9 students, 6% of responses|
|I feel like I really want to try, but I get so distracted by everything else around me - 25 students, 15% of responses|
|I feel like I really want to try, but I am so busy that it doesn't always work that way - 27 students, 17% of responses|
Overall, 150 of the 163 students who responded felt that they either gave 100% effort every day or tried their hardest every day (some also checked another response in addition to that, mostly one of the bottom two choices). That is something good for me to keep in mind as a teacher because sometimes it doesn't seem like they are giving full effort.
Because of these results, it is important for me to remember:
1. They are teenagers and are still learning how to be responsible adults and manage their time wisely. Technology is a great thing, but it can also be a huge distraction for them and it can be hard to have to be on the internet for homework and not be tempted to go elsewhere.
2. They do have other classes that give homework and sometimes mine may not be their first priority. I must face that reality.
3. There are a lot of family and economic stresses that my students have to go through that take away their time and energy from their schoolwork. How can a student focus on math homework when their parents are yelling, they have to babysit four brothers and sisters, they have to cook and clean for their family, there is only one laptop in the house for everyone to use, etc?
I am going to try to keep this in mind when my students walk in every day. I want to work on this as a teacher - focusing on the positive and believing that every student is giving me their full effort... giving them the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes I think I don't do a very good job of that and I end up getting upset or frustrated (in my tone of voice) when students don't come prepared to class or don't seem to be working.
Comments from students who chose the following answers:
I feel like I get distracted and that I almost never have time. I probably don't organize my time the way I could have. I easily feel very overwhelmed by many of the different classes I am taking and put math analysis on a lower priority.
I feel like I'm pretty lazy most of the time it’s either because I'm sleepy or have other things to do. I also feel like I really want to try, but I get so distracted by everything else around me that I can't really concentrate.