Now that we are finally back into a regular swing of learning at school, I was able to present my maths class with a survey for them to consider some key things about their learning in maths this year. I tried to keep the questions I asked them clear and simple. I also wanted to be sure that the answers collected would provide quantitative data that could easily be recollected at the end of the school year.
The questions that I asked in the survey were:
- I like maths. (Rate on a Scale from Not at All to Favourite Subject)
- What I find most difficult about maths is...
- I am confident solving problems involving:
- The one concept I need to improve in most is:
- My maths teacher encourages me to use proper mathematical vocabulary (Rate on a Scale from Not at All to Favourite Subject)
- We have been presented with and asked to use new mathematical vocabulary this year.
- I am comfortable asking my teacher for help when I need it.
- How often has Mrs. Moala asked you to reflect on how well you understood something in your learning?
Based on the survey results I was able to gain a deeper understanding about my teaching as seen by my 22 of my students.
In the graph below, students clearly believe that the most difficult part of solving mathematical problems are multiple steps (36.4%) and vocabulary was a close second (31.8%). I was happy to see that the students in my class identify the same areas of difficulty as I would for them.
I was greatly pleased to see the results of this graph, as I have been making a conscious effort to model using correct mathematical vocabulary this school year. Nearly 64% of the students surveys indicate that I encourage them to use proper mathematical vocabulary the majority of the time and another 18% indicate this happens most of the time.
This last graph shows the number of students who feel that they are asked to provide reflections on their own learning in various ways. While approximately 41% indicate that it has happened at times, I would love to see more students be more confident that they were asked to reflect on their learning and that they were able to see the benefit of it by the end of the year.