Part 3 of the feedback conclusions (Part 1 and Part 2).
Here’s some sample responses to the prompt:

Anything else you want to say about class to me? Suggestions?

 
I’ll address these one by one because they’re so scattered.

I enjoy how this class doesn’t feel like hard work. When we do things on the whiteboard, it just feels more natural and not forced work. That way the pressure of knowing how to do something isnt as heavy on my shoulders.

Awesome. Chalk another point to whiteboards. Whiteboarding is really running up the score… very unsportsmanlike.

I really enjoy this class. The fact that we aren’t taking this class because we have to, rather because we want to makes it really enjoyable, and although it is challenging, makes it fun and interesting.

This is exciting to me! I wish I had more freedom with the curriculum, but after we switched over to IB and it’s two year exam (PreCalc and Calc), we’ve had less control over the PreCalculus class. I’m happy to get this kind of comment.

I really like working in groups because you’re not as embarrassed when you don’t understand something because then your classmates can help you.

Awesome, chalk another point to groupwork too.

I suggest that you go over the a quizzes after we check the answer key, because me may notice that we got something wrong, but we may not know why we got that wrong or what to do to fix the issue.

This is a good idea. I’m not sure how to build it in yet, but I’ll try some stuff out. I purposely don’t help them right after the quiz because I want them to help each other, but I bet there is a way for me to interact but not take over as the King of all Knowledge.

Maybe offer some kind of challenge problems to the class, that requires thinking beyond just what we’re learning. I think this could be enjoyable at least, and possibly beneficial.

Agreed! My use of puzzles and extensions ebbs and flows, and I’m definitely in an ebb cycle right now. Might be good to keep them on their mental toes and work on some puzzles before the holiday break.

More individual explaining would be helpful to some students because working with peers doesn’t have the same efficiency sometimes.

This is an interesting comment. I wonder if efficiency == speed in terms of learning… My guess is no, at least with challenging topics.

I really like the colored notes that are accessible on the classroom and google drive. Very helpful for review.

I need to blog about my workflow for notes and sharing the class notes. Basically I’m writing worked examples and notes on an iPad pro (with an apple pencil), and exporting a pdf of the notes to a shared google drive folder. Love it.

Maybe review games? Class challenges? Whatever team answers the question correctly first gets a point?

This is an interesting comment. Five years ago I did lots of review games and games in general. But I think whiteboarding has replaced this kind of activity for me. Part of it is my guess at the implied penalty of speed on many student’s learning. Some students just do not work well with speed as a component. Competition can also be a deterrent to learning for some students. It wouldn’t have been for me as a student, but as I teach more, I’m getting to know the students a bit better (as learners at least).

make it simpler sometimes

Yea. About that. I suppose I can work on this a teacher, but the material we are learning isn’t simple, so I’m not sure how I could effectively make it much simpler to learn.

Subset of Nice Comments That I’ll Make No Comments On Because I’m Embarrassed

I enjoy how this class doesn’t feel like hard work. When we do things on the whiteboard, it just feels more natural and not forced work. That way the pressure of knowing how to do something isnt as heavy on my shoulders.

I really enjoy this class. The fact that we aren’t taking this class because we have to, rather because we want to makes it really enjoyable, and although it is challenging, makes it fun and interesting.

My view of math has changed and I no longer hate it.

You are a wonderful teacher and make math seem fun.

November 23, 2016

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