Week 12 Reflection

It was a bittersweet feeling at the end of this past week because I finished teaching all of my classes. I was very excited to be done with the planning, observations, and all the other work of practicum, but saying goodbye to all my students and goodbye to teaching for a while made me sad. I finished up all of my classes with an assessment, so that my sponsor teachers could take over and start fresh with something new. Overall it was an awesome week; I managed to get all of my student’s assessments done and marked right away and plan some fun for us to celebrate our time together. In my grade 11 honours class we planned a π themed potluck, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how much they all contributed. Almost everyone brought some food item for the class and most of them were pies which followed the theme quite well! I had one student make these individual servings of apple pies in these little glasses and top them off with a decorative chocolate π symbol. Not only were they amazing to look at they also tasted delicious, and I had two! We finished that day off playing our favourite math game called password, and it was so fun and nice to relax and visit with my students at the end of our journey together. I also had a bit of a celebration with my grade 8 classes where I brought some cookies and pies to give to them. I really enjoyed working with both of those classes, and it was so nice to see that they were going to miss me as much as I would miss them. Overall this week from start to finish was so nice and a lot of fun, so I’m extremely thankful for the experiences I had and cannot wait to get started on some more!
Next week is the last week at OKM for us student teachers, and I plan on viewing some other teachers that I haven’t seen yet, cleaning up my supplies and wrapping up my time there with some more celebrations with the people that have shared this experience!

Week 11 Reflection

Another week has finished and it’s crazy to think that my practicum is just about over! The last month has flown by, and now I will be wrapping up my classes this coming week. I started this past week off feeling really confident with all that I have done in my teaching and excited to finish off strong in the next several days. However, I had an observation Monday afternoon and it threw me for a loop because I was feeling confident and that I had grown a lot in the areas that I was weak in but I was informed that I was not where I needed to be in monitoring behaviour. It was a tough afternoon with my grade 11’s with the changing in weather and hitting the half way point of the semester, so behaviour that day was pretty inappropriate. I tried to handle it in the ways that I had been taught throughout my practicum, but once the situation was over I immediately thought of ways that would have been better and would of set a tone for all of the students. Well since I was being observed I knew that it would come up in our debrief at the end of the day and I was prepared to talk about that, and that I knew I could of done things differently for better effectiveness. However, I was not expecting the conversation we had because it seemed like they thought I had had no growth in classroom management and it was a serious concern. I felt pretty stunned to hear the things they were saying to me, so I got emotional during the conversation. In the end I understood what they were saying about monitoring behavior and I did admit I had apprehensions about it that I have to get over, but I left it feeling lost about where I really was in my progress from my practicum. I took time to think about it all, and I decided to shake everything off and continue on with the new techniques they talked about for classroom management. The next lesson I had with that class went great, and the observation I had from my sponsor teacher from it showed that I am growing with that area and I take in all the feedback they give me and try to apply it. From that day the rest of the week was awesome, I had great lessons with all my classes, I was able to discuss classroom behavior with my students and I set the tone for what’s appropriate and what the consequences are when they are not. Even though the week started off hard for me I was able to shake it off, take in what they said, apply it and finish off strong. Classroom management is something that teachers will always have to grow in with the new students they have each year, so I know that throughout my career I will be able to continue to grow and development for whatever comes my way. In my last week this coming week I am finishing with some summative assessments and then I plan to have some fun and celebrate with the amazing students that I have had the opportunity to work with!

Week 10 Reflection

This week I started my last units with all of my classes, and so for the next 2 weeks I will be completing my last assessments with my students. Report card marks for term 3 were due on Friday, and I was able to choose appropriate work ethics and comments to go with my students grades this term. I find the process can be a little hectic with students completing assessments right up until deadline time. However, this week cruised by smoothly and I feel I was able to accomplish all the goals I had for the week. I was able to get some students from my grade 8 classes to complete assessment or re attempt assessment to finish their term grades or improve them in time. In my grade 11 classes I was successful in providing support for students to complete any re-writes they wanted before term grades were entered, and to have the majority complete their last assessment of the term on time.
My observation this week was great as well, and I went away from it ready to apply a couple of the tools and techniques my faculty advisor gave me. My sponsor teacher and I worked together the next class to implement some of her ideas and I was thrilled with my student’s responses. I will continue to use these strategies such as entrance slips, and checking for learning in my next couple weeks.
I introduced a new assessment strategy with my grade 11 classes for the last unit I am working with them on, and so far the feedback has been excellent. I gave them 3 options to choose from as their final assessment of the unit which were; to write a unit test I had created, to have a one-on-one interview with me about the unit, or to write their own test and then present it to me. I found that most students wanted to continue with writing a unit test that I had written, but I did have a nice amount of students trying new things by choosing the interview or test creation. When I presented the strategies to them I also provided rubrics of how I would assess them on the two new strategies, so they would be able to know exactly what I am looking for in each category. I’m glad I am able to finish off my teaching with these classes by trying something new, and at the same time using the different strategies that I needed to incorporate into my practice. I have had a lot of great feedback and questions from my students since presenting this, and I look forward to the final products next week.
This next week is my last full week of teaching because I will start to hand back my classes to my sponsor teachers the following week. I plan to finish strong by continuing my class structure and monitoring behaviour and progress, and have fun trying new things with my students. I feel great right now about the position I sit in as I am finishing my practicum, and have definitely learned a lot that I will take with me into my future practice.

Week 9 Reflection

Well another week done of practicum and only 4 more weeks left till it’s all over. This week was more or less a regular week of teaching for me, especially since we have had so many days off or assemblies or something to interrupt class time. I finished another unit with my Math 8 classes, and I was very pleased to see such high outcomes from all my students on this unit. Also I was glad to have several students attend tutorials for re writes this week, so they could boost their marks for their term 3 report cards which will be done this next week. In my Math 11 classes we worked on completing Unit 4 requirements and had a couple in class quizzes to prepare for their unit tests first thing next week. My sponsor teacher and I decided to change the structure of class time for this unit because so many students were falling behind in the last unit, and I am happy to say I noticed a great change in that most of the class is right on track with the work and will write the test on time. I have also noticed students taking the initiative to come in for morning tutorials to get extra help on tough concepts, work on catching up in the units if they are behind and to study for a re write on a previous unit test. I love seeing that they notice such a difference on their tests after putting in a little more time into the unit’s content and concepts. I have been able to see lots of improvement in my students grades in their re write attempts.
However, I have also noticed some negative changes in my student’s work ethic which reflects on their marks. I have students that started the semester off with a great work habit and the marks their received were very important to them, but lately they have been coming to class with negativity, very little work ethic and their test marks are falling from that. I wonder if maybe it’s because we are at the half way point for this last semester and as summer approaches their moods towards school changes. Anyways, I am going to continue working with my students bringing positivity and support to them so that their experience in my class is beneficial to their progress and that they enjoy themselves. I have been able to communicate with all my students making arrangements for their work and tests, so that we can have them all on track in class with their very busy schedules. I have several high performance athletes who miss weeks at a time and students going on vacations and such, but I have been able to organize their progress in a way that puts them at ease and keeps them moving forward.
I had a great observation this week with my faculty advisor who observed my pre-calculus 11 class, and we made some plans to wrap up my practicum on a high note. So far in my progress I have been able to acknowledge and find ways to grow and improve in areas I struggled such as classroom management. Now to end things off I will continue implementing those tools into my classes, but I plan to also try a few new things in my last units. We discussed that I should use some rubrics in my teaching, so for my grade 8’s I will be giving them a work ethic rubric this next week to help me decide for their report cards. For my 11’s we decided for this next unit that they will choose what type of assessment they want for the unit such as a test, project, interview, etc. I will give them the choices and how they will be assessed such as a rubric, and then each student will pick their own method. It will include different forms of summative and formative assessment for each individual.
I am looking forward to seeing the final outcomes from my students before I leave and trying any other techniques I haven’t before I am sent off on my own. I know I am ready though!

Week 8 Reflection

Another week down and that was the last shortened week that I will have during my practicum. Even though I enjoy the extra time off I am relieved that there are no more short weeks left in practicum. I find that the students cannot recover from them as quickly as a regular weekend, so it affects class time and their work ethic. As well I have a hard time getting back into the teaching mind after so much time off. It was a bit of a frustrating week for me because we had our third Unit test in two of my classes and a very high amount of my students were nowhere ready for the test on the test day. I had to make all sorts of arrangements with the students to get their tests done by the end of the week that fit into their busy schedules as well as mine. My grade 8s were having similar issues in the sense that many had been away missing school because of sports or family vacations, so I had to ensure that all of them were caught up too.
Every day of the week I come early before school to hold tutorial sessions for my students with my sponsor teachers. I’m used to putting in the extra time like that with my students and I am glad to see so many of my students take advantage of that time, but this week was my first experience with having next to no time to even eat lunches or take attendance because of all the assistance needed. When it was all over and done I was glad that I could be there for my students and get most of them back on track, but I know that I need to take the time for myself during the day so I maintain my health. I think that I can be available those extra times every once in a while when my students really need it, but I should be strict about coming to morning sessions if they would like or need the extra time with me.
I found myself implementing a stronger presence with my classes this week because of behaviour, so I had to show them that I will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour anymore and there will be consequences to your actions. I still need to grow with in that area, but I am feeling more and more confident every day. I have noticed a change in them as well when I am speaking to the class as a whole they have grown by being more respectful and listening.
I am entering this last month hoping to keep my students on track with their work, continue to grow in my classroom management, and try new things with my classes. I have been getting feedback from my students lately, and I would like to try to implement some of their thoughts and continue to listen to what they are feeling and thinking with the class and their work ethic.

Week 7 Reflection

It’s been a while since my last reflection because we just had our two week spring break from school. I went back home to Whitehorse for the break to visit friends and family while I enjoyed the time off. It was great to have the break and share my experiences with people from back home, and I’m looking forward to going back and bringing all I have learned here. Going back into school mode from the two week break was a little challenging at first, and the week started off a little slow with everyone’s brains moving into work mode again. On top of that I had several students still away on vacation, so they will be playing a bit of catch up for the next while.
My grade 8 classes completed the first half of Unit 5 before break begun and had written their Unit test for that, so I was starting the second half this past week. We had to go over the expectations for the Unit through their portfolio checklists, but since this was a familiar concept to the students it went smoothly and we were able to transition into work right away. I have noticed that the students are really responding to the current content and have been able to complete tasks in class. My observation this week by my faculty advisor was in my grade 8’s class this week and from start to finish I was pretty thrilled with everyone’s responses and work habit in the class. My Faculty advisor seemed to really enjoy the class giving me a few tips on taking responses from students and checking for learning. I have been able to implement most of the techniques that my advisors have given me and really notice the effect they have in the classroom. Since we had just completed a Unit test, my students had received their marks for them and I have been offering the chance to retest by attending a morning tutorial and then setting a time for the re write. I had several students make arrangements with me and attend the morning tutorial which was great and many of them have improved their understanding and grade. I get really excited to see my students taking the initiative to improve and get that extra help they need, and so I am very glad that I have been able to give that to them.
My Pre-Calculus classes this past week were a hectic at times since we left for break in the middle of a unit and are working to finish the unit right away. Most of the students hadn’t done any work over the break and were either behind in the unit or needing time to re-familiarize themselves with the content. The first day had a few bumps because they were just coming off having no school for two weeks and their attitude towards class and work wasn’t very positive. I had an activity planned out which we tried to go through, but we struggled through some of the procedures. After it was all said and done I thought that I could try that activity again someday changing it around so there weren’t so many steps and on a day that we could focus so it would be more beneficial. It was an excellent learning experience and from the behaviour of the students I was able to come to class the next day with stricter rules for class time which improved greatly that day. I was able to have a discussion with all of my students this week to get a feeling of where they are in the unit, how they are handling the work, and when they will be writing their tests. I was glad to see that many of them were coming in on their own time to get extra help, so I am hoping that this will continue next week so that we can get everyone on track. I finished the week knowing that I need to continue enforcing the behavioural rules as well as communication with students and parents to continue progressing through each unit successfully.
Outside of class time this week I had two major events occur, my midterm evaluation of my practicum and my first parent-teacher conference. My midterm evaluation was interesting and really successful, as a group my advisors and I went through the evaluation list and chose where I was at for each question. There were 4 categories to choose from and I received mostly the second highest category of consistently meeting expectations which I was really glad to see. There were a couple of approaching expectations questions that we decided on, but I knew that that was accurate because I am working to improve those and have been regularly reflecting on ways to do so. They were things such as monitoring student behaviour and different types of assessment. I was really excited to see that my advisors thought I was exemplary, the highest category, in a few of the questions and I plan to continue that and hopefully build up to that in some of the other questions. Overall, I really benefited from that experience because I got the reassurance that I was strong in most areas and where I was weak we were able to discuss some possibilities to improve. Later that same day was my first parent-teacher conference and before it began I was pretty nervous because I had no idea what to expect. However, once it began I was having a blast because I enjoyed meeting some of the parents and sharing what we have been doing in class. I brought with my all the tests and marks for each student in all my classes and that was a great idea because when we talking about tests or anything I was able to physically show them were their child was strong or needing some extra help. I have always been a pretty social person, and even as a child I liked talking to adults so I think I did great with my first experience in conferences and got a lot of great feedback from my students parents.
I am going into these last couple weeks planning to try and mix things up a bit with my assessment strategies and potentially implementing what I do in my flipped classroom into my grade 8 classes to incorporate more use of technology. I will continue to work on monitoring behaviour in my classes and communicating with my students and parents.

Week 6 Reflection

This past week I started teaching at 75%, which is where I will stay until the end of my practicum. So now, I am currently teaching 2 Math 8 blocks and 2 Pre-Calculus 11 blocks where one is an honours class and they are both taught in the flipped classroom style. There are at least 50 students watching my video lessons on Youtube now, which is pretty remarkable and makes me fairly nervous. Overall, the feedback on my video lessons has been great, but I have received some good criticism as well for it. I need to slow down when I’m writing out the work and describing the steps, give more time in between questions, and correct some spelling and grammar errors. As I work to finish the rest of my video lessons for my last two units I will definitely try to incorporate all these suggestions into my work.
On Monday this week, I had the opportunity to participate in one of the Math department’s collaboration days where all the Math teachers at my sponsor school come together to discuss future plans and for professional development from their colleagues. It was pretty neat to be a fly on the wall in some of their discussions about programs and policies at their school, as well to observe the interest in my one sponsor teacher’s method of using an online database for quizzes and such. I got to spend the day with both of my sponsor teachers talking shop and start planning to implement some of these ideas into our teaching. Everyone had a blast sharing and got a lot out of it.
I’m starting to build up more confidence in front of my students and really dive into some of the questions that they ask in class about the content. With my grade 8’s this week we had two classes, one for review and work time and the other to finish off the first half of Unit 5 with a test. They responded really well to the review activity and worked very hard to complete all tasks for their portfolios and prepare for their test. I had several students come in on their own time to ask questions and go over some concerns they had. I was really glad to see them coming to me on their own and working hard to achieve a high grade. I have noticed that my grade 8’s need a lot of feedback right away on their work in order to continue their progress, so it was great to see a lot of them take account of their own work and be a little more independent.
My 11’s also had a Unit test this week, but since I am teaching using the flipped style my students work to their own pace and test day is considered a deadline where hopefully most students will write tests. If they do not write they are to come in for extra work to prepare to write as soon as they can. I was so happy to see that the majority of my students were ready to write on test day, and the rest came in to morning tutorials and wrote before the end of the week. I was pretty nervous that most of them wouldn’t be ready or wouldn’t show up to tutorials, but I was so glad and really impressed that they came to work when they said and felt comfortable enough to tell me when they weren’t. At this time I have been able to sit down and talk with all of my students in that class and really get a good understanding of how they are feeling and what their strengths are. I am looking forward to see what the next few units will create.
I had my first lesson with my Honours class on Wednesday, and honestly I was a nervous wreck until the lesson started. I had already been able to build relationships with the students assisting in the class, but I had never leaded the instruction with them and I knew they were a strong bunch so I really wanted to start off well. There were a few small stumbles, but as soon as I started the instruction I felt relaxed and it went great. We had some great questions that we investigated and they all went into work time with confidence. At the end of the lesson all of my students gave me some really nice feedback and we also discussed some of my video lesson issues which I already mentioned. That class is such a joy to work with because all of the students enjoy being there and work really hard independently, while assisting classmates.
Friday was the last day before spring break and I only had one class that day with my Honours 11’s class, and I was also being observed by my faculty advisor. I had planned an activity for them which were sort of like a puzzle where they were given pieces of questions and they had to determine the order. I made it a bit more challenging for them, but they worked well in their teams to come up with some strategies to approach the problems. It was really interesting to see how each group was working through the puzzles. My faculty advisor loved the activity and it was a lesson overall. We finished the day off with a game called Password which was a blast and my sponsor teacher even jumped in to play.
Some things that I took away from the week that I know I need to work on are continuing building my confidence with the content and instructing in front of my classes, being more strict and enforcing repercussions for inappropriate behavior, and placing the instruction on the students when I can to help them share ideas and work through problems.

Week 5 Reflection

This week marked the completion of our first month in our three month practicum! Unfortunately for me though it didn’t start off on a good note. I received some upsetting family news at the beginning of the week that my grandma who suffered a severe stroke 3 years ago had passed away. It wasn’t surprising news, but it was sad none the less. I knew that I was ok to go ahead and go to the school and be my cheery self for my students, but throughout the first day there were moments when I wasn’t occupied with prep or assisting a student that I felt a little shaky or lost I guess. I honestly think that no one would have known different if I didn’t say anything about it because all my classes went smoothly. However, I am my own biggest critic and I felt like they did go well but I knew that it could of been stronger if I were more confident.
After that first day the rest of the week felt like any other week coming to work and doing what I love to do. I have to say after all the drama at the beginning; this past week was my favourite week of teaching here in Kelowna so far. On Wednesday, I had my week observation and my sponsor teacher and I had planned out a really great lesson for my faculty to observe. I have been working on my confidence in front of my grade 11 classes, so I always feel pretty nervous before and during their lessons. However, this Wednesday I found myself feeling calm and I was able to really enjoy the whole class and all the problems that came from it. I always say that building strong relationships is the most important thing to me in teaching, and since I have been able to do that with my students every class I teach now I feel them coming more alive in the guided practice and instruction. It was a great observation, and I felt for the first time really pleased with the overall day of teaching. I was able to take students questions and work through the problems building onto previous and future knowledge.
There are several little things that I still need to continue to work on mainly in classroom management, but I know that in time and practice those key qualities will build up to what I need them to be. I need to take my time and really make sure that I am observing all the small actions that are going on in my classes. We also discussed possible ways to make the instruction more student directed and checking for learning from all members of the class.
There have been several interruptions in some of my classes, and hence my grades 11’s have fallen behind in their work. My sponsor teacher and I agreed to postpone their test deadline from this past Friday to next Tuesday. I worry about them a lot because even though I have seen that they are very hard workers in class they are progressing slowly as a group and not taking the initiative to come to tutorials for extra help. With the flipped classroom style the students are able to work at their own pace, but I need to continue to keep some pressure on them to stay on track. I am about to start to have the “hot seat” with my students which I am very excited about to really get a chance to chat one on one about how they are feeling and progressing.
I ended my week with my peer observation in my Math 8 class. I was really pleased at how it went because the students responded so well to the activity and really enjoyed the content from that day. My colleague who observed me also really enjoyed the lesson and left having learned some fun math facts!
This next week is the last week before the two week spring break. I am planning on having some tests with all my classes; however I am aware that many of our students will already be away for the break. I am looking forward to continue working on my confidence, being observant and being tougher when it is needed.

Week 4 Reflection

Well this past week was a really big week and it was jammed pack, I don’t even know where to start. I started teaching at 50% this week, and so I continue to teach my grade 8s and now I have a grade 11 Pre-Calculus class that I am in charge of. The grade 11 class is where I am teaching the flipped classroom style, so I was pretty excited to begin with them and have them watching the video lessons I had been working so hard on.
It so happens that the classes I’m teaching right now both land on the same days, so I’m basically teaching full days every over day right now with the other days left for prep and observation. The day before teaching my 11’s for the first time I was able to sit down with my sponsor teacher and go over my lesson plan and things that I should look out for or go over with the students during class time. I felt pretty confident about everything for the class because I was prepared and I knew what I wanted to go over with them.
As soon as the clock struck 9am the next day my confidence dropped drastically! I was so nervous all of a sudden and it probably showed. I was able to cover most of the topics that I wanted and guide the students through the trouble areas of the unit that they would struggle with, but I knew that it wasn’t as clear or smooth as I would have liked. I had moments where I was talking too fast because of my nerves, I forgot this one perfect example that would of been very beneficial, a bit of my math lingo was off during the instruction and I doubted myself while I was going over a question so I paused and had to look to my sponsor teacher for clarification. I felt pretty vulnerable in front of them that day because they were going to start watching my video lessons and judging my work. I finished the class off feeling ok of the overall product because during work time I was able to help many students and they all worked hard the entire class. However, I was also feeling pretty disappointed because I knew of the issues I had during class and that my sponsor teacher would of recognized them too.
I went into my afternoon classes feeling pretty blue and nervous because I was also to be observed that day by our Faculty advisor, and I’m still working on classroom management issues with them that she would want to talk about. We were starting a new unit so I gave time to review the previous unit test and then to introduce the new content and give time for practice. Each task took a lot longer than I thought it would, I had a lot of students asking questions, there were a lot of transitions so the students were energetic and talkative and so I was starting to show frustration with getting things under control. I felt pretty awful about the class and then having my observation meeting right after which was good and insightful, but just too much all in the same day.
I was defeated and broken, so I had a huge breakdown that evening and really needed time to breath, take it all in and then get a good pep talk. I did receive feedback from the day that was great such as talking my time, pointing out or picking up on the little issues in class, and really breaking down the instruction for better understanding. So the next day when I was able to sit down with my sponsor teacher and with my faculty advisor I felt a million times better because I was able to really understand the feedback they were giving me, and that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself and that I was progressing really well with my classes.
From there I went into the next classes with their ideas in the back of my mind, and it really helped. I was able to make smoother transitions, pick apart questions for better understanding, slow down to cover all the points I wanted, and have a good time. It was the first time I felt really good about an entire class.
For next week I really want to be able to give my students lots of time for practice and to address their individual concerns. I hope to accomplish this by being strong with repercussions and transitions, breaking down solutions to problems, and recognizing progress and student attention. Class sizes are very large with a variety of personalities, so I know that I need to get better at recognizing whose attention I have, whose I don’t and who is understanding and who seems to be confused.
To finish things off, I glad I had my break down this week because I am know feeling stronger from it. It gave me the chance to acknowledge that I’m not perfect and I don’t need to be right now because I am learning and practicing. I know what I’m good at and I know what I need to work on, so from here all I need to do is work at it and grow into a place I’m really comfortable.

Week 3 Reflection

This past week was a very short week because Monday was BC Family day so it was a holiday for students and staff, and then Friday was a Pro D day. Students were off school and staff members were to attend professional development seminars for the day. Hence, there were only 3 days of instruction this week. Of the three days I had two days of instruction with my Math 8 classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. This week was a really great learning experience for me because I was going to have my first test with my students and attending my first professional development day.
On Tuesday, I had my second observation from my faculty advisor with my Grade 8s. That day we were finishing our last lesson before the test and working on finishing all the work we had to have done for our portfolio for the unit. I knew that a group of my students were right on schedule with their assignments and placing their work in their portfolios, but I also knew that the majority of them were confused or slightly behind or even having misplaced their work. I decided since so many of the group were absent during this time and having a hard time comprehending and keeping up with the checklist of assignments I would be not too strict on whether everything was done and handed in. During class I had students write a pretest on the content so far and mark each other’s work highlighting the good work and discussing the struggles. The rest of class looked much like any other day with a short lecture, some assigned questions for practice and an activity to enrich the learning.
I had been practicing and discussing with the classes the importance of being respectful when others are talking and making quicker transitions between activities. That day there were moments of good transitions, but my faculty advisor discussed with me working more on classroom management with the students. I hope that as we continue to work together and create routines that this will progress into stronger transitions, and a better working environment. I am feeling pretty good about how my progress is going with my classes so far because most of my observations have gone well, only having issues majorly with classroom management which I believe can only get better with time and practice.
On Thursday, my sponsor teacher was away and I had a TOC assisting me in the classroom. It was test day for unit 4 and I had planned on having a game of Math Jeopardy for review with the class for the first half of the time, and finishing the day with the test. Overall, everything went well with the review and the test, but I definitely left feeling like I needed to change a few things around to improve the situation. The students loved the game for review and everyone participated with a lot of excitement. However, there were moments that got a little too energetic, so I think that for next time I need to establish stronger rules for presenting solutions and giving out or taking away points. I think this will help to create fairness amongst the students and minimize chaos. When I moved on to giving the test to the class I gave much more time than I needed to ensure everyone would have enough time to work through it all, but I think that I should either give less time or create a longer test with simpler questions.
I asked students to complete a reflection sheet at the end of class on unit 4 noting the things they enjoyed about the unit, things they struggled with, and something they would like to suggest for next time. I was thrilled with the responses because I didn’t realize some of the things they would like. I got comments for more practice time in class, questions with more simple numbers, students needing more explanation, etc. I am taking into consideration their requests and hoping to be able to apply most of them for the next unit we are working through.