Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership PEP Project Science Teacher: End-of-Year Feedback Questionnaire Directions: Your help is requested to gather important information about your experiences so far as a participant in this AMSP-supported PEP project. Please respond to all the items on the following pages. On the bubble-type items, place an “X” in the box corresponding to your response. On the narrative items, use whatever space you need for your answer. Please answer as completely and honestly as possible. More complete responses will help evaluators understand your experiences better. All your responses are confidential, and will only be seen by the project evaluator. Results will be compiled for anonymous reporting to the AMSP and PEP project staff. Thank you for taking part in this feedback process. Participant ID code: _________ Date Questionnaire Completed ___________________________ Grades at which you currently teach science (mark all that apply): Not currently teaching science O K O 1 O 2 O 3 O 4 O 5 O 6 O 7 O 8 O 9 O 10 O 11 O 12 O PART I: OUTCOMES FROM YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE PEP DURING 2007-08 1. In what ways (if any) has your science content knowledge changed as a result of your participation in the PEP project this year? In what ways (if any) are changes in your knowledge reflected in your teaching? 2. In what ways (if any) has your science teaching changed as a result of your participation in the PEP project this year? What are you doing differently, more of, less of, etc.? Portions adapted from National Survey of Mathematics and Science Teaching, Horizon Research, Inc. PART II: YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THE PEP WORKSHOPS OR COURSES DURING 2007-08 (If you did not participate in PEP-sponsored workshops or courses, skip this section and continue on the next page) 3. Mark the statements below that best describe the workshops, institutes, courses, etc. in which you participated this year through the PEP project (mark all that apply). Summer institute or course O Workshops or courses during the school year (outside of school time) O On-line workshops or courses O Other (please describe) 4. In what areas, if any, do you feel the workshops/courses were especially helpful to you? 5. In what areas, if any, did the workshops/courses not meet your needs or expectations? 6. O Please give your opinion of the following statements about your overall experience with the PEP project workshops/ courses this year. Not at Somewhat Mostly Very all true true true true a. The workshop/course sessions involved participants in an active manner. O O O O b. Presenters were knowledgeable and made the sessions interesting and O O O O understandable. c. Presenters were experienced with classroom implementation and answered O O O O questions in ways that were relevant to classroom situations. d. Workshop/course sessions modeled strategies I can use in teaching my students. O O O O e. Workshop/course sessions gave me opportunities to consider how the ideas, O O O O strategies, etc. apply to my own situation. f. Workshop/course sessions gave me opportunities to share ideas with and learn O O O O from other participants as well as from the presenters. g. The workshops/courses enhanced my understanding of science content important O O O O to the grades I teach. h. The workshops/courses enhanced my understanding of effective strategies for O O O O teaching science. i. The workshops/courses enhanced my familiarity with instructional resources and O O O O my ability to use them to improve my science lessons. j. I have incorporated things I learned at the workshops/courses as a regular part of O O O O my science teaching. l. The workshops/courses had a significant influence on my science teaching. O O O O m. Overall, I feel my time was well-spent in the PEP workshops/courses. O O O O Portions adapted from National Survey of Mathematics and Science Teaching, Horizon Research, Inc. PART III: YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH SCHOOL-BASED SUPPORT THROUGH THE PEP PROJECT (If you did not work with a Teacher Leader, cadre group, coach, etc., skip this section and continue on the next page) 7. Mark the space that most closely describes the kind of school-year support you received through the PEP project: Release day work sessions, facilitated by a Teacher Leader O 8. In-school work with a science coach/mentor teacher O Other (please describe) O How often during the school year did you meet with the Teacher Leader/cadre group/coach? Not at all O 9. Release day work sessions, not facilitated by outside persons O Less than once a month O About once a month O More than once a month O Mark the statement below that best describes your opinion about the frequency of meeting with the Teacher Leader/cadre group/coach during this school year: Not enough – I wish we could have worked together more often O About right – we met often enough to do what was needed O More than enough – we could have had fewer meetings O 10. Describe a typical session with the Teacher Leader/cadre group/coach. What kinds of things did you work on? 11. In what areas, if any, do you feel the Teacher Leader/cadre group/coach was especially helpful? 12. In what areas, if any, do you wish the Teacher Leader/cadre group/coach could have provided more assistance? 13. Please give your opinion of the following statements about your overall experience with your Teacher Leader/cadre group/coach this year. Not at Somewhat Mostly Very all true true true true a. I received valuable teaching ideas and advice from the TL/cadre/coach. O O O O b. I regularly use things I learned in working with the TL/cadre/coach. O O O O c. The support from the TL/cadre/coach enhanced the effectiveness of my teaching. O O O O d. Overall, I feel my time working with the TL/cadre/coach was well-spent. O O O O Portions adapted from National Survey of Mathematics and Science Teaching, Horizon Research, Inc. PART IV: YOUR OVERALL EXPERIENCES IN THE PEP PROJECT DURING 2007-08 14. What impact, if any, has your science professional development and support through the PEP project had on the following areas? No Few, if any Some Great changes changes changes changes a. The depth and/or breadth of your science content knowledge O O O O b. The kinds of instructional strategies you use in your science lessons O O O O c. The kinds of assessment strategies you use to gauge student learning O O O O d. Your familiarity with instructional resources to use in your teaching O O O O e. Your familiarity with the state science standards O O O O f. Your ability to plan effective science lessons, using an inquiry approach O O O O g. Your familiarity with college science faculty who can help your teaching O O O O 15. Please share your opinion of the value of the following project components to improving your science content knowledge and/or teaching strategies this year: a. Participating in the project’s science workshops/courses b. Working with a teacher leader/coach through the project c. Working with university science professors through the project d. Sharing ideas with other participating teachers in the project Little or no value O O O O Slight value O O O O Moderate value O O O O Great value O O O O Not appl. O O O O 16a. Overall, how satisfied are you with the professional development and support you received from the PEP project this year? Very satisfied O b. Satisfied O Mixed feelings O Dissatisfied O Very dissatisfied O Please explain the reasons for the satisfaction rating you gave. 17. Please give your opinion of the following statements about the PEP project. a. Overall, the PEP project has had a significant influence on my science teaching. b. Overall, the PEP project has had a significant influence on my understanding of science content. c. Overall, the PEP project has fostered a valuable relationship with college science faculty that I can continue to use to help my teaching. d. I feel my time has been well-spent as a PEP project participant. e. I would recommend the PEP project to other science teachers. Not at all true O O Somewhat true O O Mostly true O O Very true O O O O O O O O O O O O O O 18. What changes would you suggest that would make the PEP project even more beneficial for helping you refine your science teaching? Portions adapted from National Survey of Mathematics and Science Teaching, Horizon Research, Inc. PART V: YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH AN INQUIRY APPROACH TO SCIENCE TEACHING 19. For each strategy below, please indicate how “ready” you felt to incorporate it into your science teaching. a. Teach lessons using a “guided inquiry” approach, where students follow a given procedure but are still investigating a concept or problem. b. Teach lessons using an “open-ended inquiry” approach, where students design their own investigations about a concept or problem. c. Adapt lessons from the text or other sources to make them more inquiry-based Your level of readiness Low Moderate High O O O O O O O O O 20. Please rate the extent to which the following factors were issues that limited your use of an inquiry approach in your science teaching this year. Not an issue Minor issue Major issue for me for me for me a. Too much preparation was involved to get materials ready O O O b. I did not have the proper materials O O O c. It takes too long; I needed to cover material more quickly O O O d. My students don’t have the kind of background to be successful with this kind O O O of teaching; it’s too challenging for them e. My students’ behavior won’t allow hands-on activities to be used O O O f. My school administrators discourage use of this kind of approach O O O 21. Listed below are instructional elements that are particularly emphasized when teaching lessons using an inquiry approach. For each one, indicate the degree to which you feel you were successful or found it challenging to do. I was I was I had This was This was very somewhat mixed somewhat a great successful successful results of a challenge doing this doing this doing challenge for me this for me a. Having students work effectively in groups O O O O O b. Having students design their own approach to investigate O O O O O an open-ended task or problem c. Prompting students to justify their ideas or solutions, O O O O O whether correct or incorrect d. Stepping back from a “telling” or “explaining” role O O O O O e. Using effective questions to probe deeper for student O O O O O understanding beyond their initial response f. Having students explain their ideas, results, or solutions O O O O O orally and in writing g. Building from student experiences and/or data from O O O O O activities when developing targeted concepts h. Using tasks, projects, presentations, and other different O O O O O ways of assessing student understanding 22. On the back of this page, please add any other thoughts, comments, or anecdotes you have about changes in yourself or your students as a result of your efforts to implement new approaches to your science instruction in the past year. Portions adapted from National Survey of Mathematics and Science Teaching, Horizon Research, Inc.