Survey Results: Educational Expectations and Opinion of Teachers

Survey Results: Educational Expectations and Opinion of Teachers

Educational Research

Hello Readers,

As promised, I am going to have today’s blog post be about the results of the Teachers Opinion survey. Like in my  previous post about the Student Opinion results, this survey reflects how individuals, in particular Educators,  feel about their experiences within the Educational system. Overall, the survey asked for the opinions on varying subject matter and included a mixture of both male and females teachers with an age range of 25 to 50. So let’s get started shall we?

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Teachers do indeed want to see their students prosper, especially when it comes to their students’ future career path. Similar to the opinions of the students, there was a strong agreement that Education should be a tool for career preparation. However, teachers felt more strongly that Education should also be a place where one can develop intellectually (83.3%) and foster self improvement (66.3%). In fact, 60% agreed that Educational institutions should spend more time and resources assessing and addressing each student’s needs. This paralleled the agreement that there needs to me more classroom aids.

All agreed there should be greater communication between parents and themselves regarding the child’s learning development as well as greater communication between parents and child to reinforce their efforts as Educators. It is, however a very careful line to tread for parents when getting involved with their child’s education and teachers do recognize this. One reported that, “As an educator, I found that parents who where actively involved in their child’s education performed better at school. However, the parents should not be so involved that they become a hindrance to their child’s education. I have also believed that both parents and educator should be scaffolds for the children.” So you see, there needs to be a healthy balance between all three participants for the child to grown and prosper in their school environment.

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An example of how The Study Academy implements research into our school!

Educators who took the survey all felt that they should only be educated in the field, but  also agreed that schools should be completing research in the classroom as another way of providing an enriching educational environment for students. However, while there was agreement that schools should be implementing new research findings into teachings, there was still 17% that disagreed with this.  One possible explanation of this can be found in the response of one of the survey participants: “I agree schools should be implementing new research findings into teaching practice. However, teachers need to be properly in-serviced to implement these new practices. Too many times, teachers are left on their own with insufficient training to interpret new findings.  As a result, these practices fall to the wayside because the teachers were not properly prepared.” So in this way, research can indeed be useful,  but must be carefully implemented to ensure the best possible outcome.

Overall I hope these results have given you, my readers, a good perception of how Educators truly feel about the current Educational System. Perhaps some of the results even gave you a pleasant surprise? Well. I certainly tip my hat off to these diligent individuals who serve future generations through their guidance and instruction. Don’t you?

 

Realistic Expectation and Reliable Feedback

Realistic Expectation and Reliable Feedback

Middle School The Study Academy Report

Hello Readers,

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day, and for those readers out there that are in fact Mothers, I hope you were spoiled rotten! Speaking of mothers, there is nothing more important to a parent than the happiness and success of their children. For that reason, in today’s The Study Academy Report I wanted to discuss how The Study sets their realistic expectations for each child’s academic development as well as how this is fostered by the honest, accurate feedback given to both the child, and their parents.

Reliable Feedback in action at The Study Academy!First off, for a student to succeed academically there needs to be a clear correlation between the teacher’s expectations and student’s understanding. So, the teachers at The Study Academy clarify these expectations, but they also stress to each and every student their responsibility and accountability while striving for such expectations. The observations, conversations and the students’ product themselves provide teachers  the vision of whether the students are meeting such set goals. By utilizing these venues the teachers also increase the reliability and validity of the evaluation of the students’ learning. In this way there are no surprises for teacher, student or parent, however, it is also through this structure that there can be a gradual improvement and growth for the student as well as the classroom as a whole.

The communicative pathway between student and teacher, as well as teacher and parents, likewise play a integral part of the feedback based system of education at The Study Academy. Communication about the student’s progress is carried across several venues including Edmodo, email, Internet, parent teacher interview, personal meetings with Principal Krell  and a telephone call! I believe the subject- counselling notices and parent teacher interviews are two of the best ways that The Study Academy opens up this communicative pathway and really transforms the student’s learning.

Necessary Relationship of Teacher, Student and ParentUsually parent teacher interview are held upon the completion of a midterm of each session. It is a time to discuss progress. However, teachers at The Study Academy do not wish to leave a student till this point if they are struggling. This would also be terribly misleading for a parents who wishes also to see the academic progress of their child. For that reason there are also subject counseling notes, which are sent when there is the detection of early and serious problems. At this time parents meet and discuss with their child’s teachers ways to improve the chances of their child’s success. Essentially this can act as a corrective measure and ensure no student gets left behind.So, in this way The Study Academy really is bent on ensuring a child meets the goals and expectations of their teachers, as well as make sure that when they do, it is based off reliable evidence. I don’t know about you but that sounds like a pretty good system for success for any student, and if success is all that a mother wants from her child, then The Study Academy definitely helps each child give the best present they can for their mothers.