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GLF STEM I NI TI ATI VE M ath Teacher Pilot Survey ± Dec. 2011 7RGD\¶V'DWHBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB Subject(s) that you Teach: _______________________ School District _________________________ School Name: _______________________________________ Years of Experience: ______________________________ Are you National Board Certified? Yes Gender: Male Female Grade(s) that you Teach: _______________________ Area of Licensure: ________________________ No My racial identity is: African American Caucasian/White Asian (Please Specify) _______________ Hispanic (Please Specify) _______________ Biracial/Multiracial (Please Specify)_____________ Other (Please Specify) ________________ On the following pages is a series of statements. Please indicate the degree to which you agree or disagree with each statement by filling in the appropriate circle. If you are not sure about a question or you can't answer it, fill in the circle under 0. Even though some statements are very similar, please answer each statement. There are no "right" or "wrong" answers. The only correct responses are those that are true for you. Whenever possible, let the things that have happened to you help you make a choice. * * * * These evaluation instruments were identified, modified, or developed through support provided by the Friday Institute. The Friday Institute grants you permission to use these instruments for educational, non-commercial purposes only. You may use an instrument as is, or modify it to suit your needs, but in either case you must credit its original source. By using this instrument you agree to allow the Friday Institute to use the data collected for additional validity and reliability analysis. The Friday Institute will take appropriate measures to maintain the confidentiality of all data. For information about additional permissions, please contact Dr. Jeni Corn, Director of Evaluation Programs at the Friday Institute, at jeni_corn.ncsu.edu. * * * * PLEASE FI LL I N ONLY ONE ANSWER PER QUESTI ON. 1. When a student does better than usual in mathematics, it is often because the teacher exerted a little extra effort. 2. I am continually finding better ways to teach mathematics. 3. When the mathematics grades of students improve, it is most often due to their teacher having found a more effective teaching approach. 4. I know the steps necessary to teach mathematics concepts effectively. 5. I am not confident that I can monitor mathematics activities well. 6. If students are underachieving in mathematics, it is most likely due to ineffective mathematics teaching. 7. I am not confident that I can teach mathematics effectively. 8. The inadequacy of a student's mathematics background can be overcome by good teaching. 9. The low mathematics achievement of students cannot generally be blamed on their teachers. 10. When a low achieving child progresses in mathematics, it is usually due to extra attention given by the teacher. 11. I understand mathematics concepts well enough to be effective in teaching mathematics. 12. Increased effort in mathematics teaching produces little change in students' mathematics achievement. 13. The teacher is generally responsible for the achievement of students in mathematics. 14. Students' achievement in mathematics is directly related to their teacher's effectiveness in mathematics teaching. 15. If parents comment that their child is showing more interest in mathematics at school, it is probably due to the performance of the child's teacher. 16. I am confident that I can explain to students why mathematics works. Strongly Disagree 1 Somewhat Disagree 2 Neither Agree nor Disagree 3 Somewhat Agree 4 Strongly Agree 5 ,GRQ¶W know 0 17. I am confident that I can answer students' mathematics questions. 18. I wonder if I have the necessary skills to teach mathematics. 19. Effective mathematics teaching has little influence on the achievement of students with low motivation. 20. Given a choice, I would not invite the principal to evaluate my mathematics teaching. 21. When a student has difficulty understanding a mathematics concept, I am not confident that I know how to help the student understand it better. 22. When teaching mathematics, I am confident enough to welcome student questions. 23. I don't know what to do to turn students on to mathematics. 24. Even teachers with good mathematics teaching abilities cannot help students learn mathematics. Is there anything that you believe we could do to improve the quality of this survey?