Reflecting on Our Impact
As a secondary teacher, I don’t think it is very common for teachers to truly reflect on all the lives impacted. Teacher2Teacher shared the tool to create this graphic based on an idea by Nikki Sabiston. Perhaps we should also use a tool to hear what the students say our impact has been?
It is easy to put a number to the grade taught, classrooms, and schools. The actual number of students taught becomes a bit murkier for secondary teachers. Schedule changes from 50-minute classes to block classes shifted the number of students we teach. Also, in our mobile society, students often move from school to school and state to state throughout the school year.
I was blessed to teach first grade in Hawaii. We moved back to the mainland in 1991, and I began to substitute and volunteer in schools while our boys were young. After a move to Arkansas, I earned an M.Ed in Secondary Education, and I was able to teach at the same school my sons attended for their secondary years. I defined classrooms as the physical space I used each year. I have also been a mobile teacher (cart and backpack), and my memory of physical space may have missed a few rooms.
I have taught many students, more than our school currently contains. I heard positive and negative feedback from students over the years. I ask my students to complete an anonymous exit survey every year. It is through these surveys that I learn my immediate impact. It is my work to reflect and grow based on the surveys. Panorama Education offers a Student Survey that measures student perceptions of teaching and learning. This summer I prepared for my current classes by taking the Get to Know You survey by Panorama Education. It is a 15-minute survey for both the teacher and the student. Panorama connects the commonalities between the teacher and the students and shares them privately with each person. So interesting and helpful to start the new year knowing that we already have similar interests. I’ve already set up the survey in my Google Classroom for my AP students to take this summer. Try it and reflect!
District Director of Professional development, AP English teacher, ELA Coach, TPN Teacher Leader, and cradle United Methodist. https://medium.com/@rogers_31979