eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations

Instructor: Lori Ann Fulton

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Lori Ann Fulton: ITE323, Fall 2012

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Institute for Teacher Educatn
Course: ITE 323 - Science, Elementary Crn (Section): 77252 (402)     79594 (414)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.33 16 0.82 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (44%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 16 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 21 (91%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 23 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (26%) 16 (70%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 23 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (19%) 8 (35%) 8 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 23 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (9%) 9 (39%) 6 (38%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 23 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 6 (26%) 13 (57%)
7. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 23 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (22%) 7 (44%) 14 (61%)
8. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
the lessons and the ideas
I found the hands on activities the most useful. She is always willing to help and is a very sweet nice and understanding person.
I thought that the hands-on activities we did in the class were very helpful in how we can teach our own classes. She did many different types of experiments with us rather than sticking with the same one. I also learned a lot of information I would need to teach science.
I found everything valuable and helpful. I learned a lot and definitely feel more comfortable teaching science.
Connecting science to real life as well as the elementary school classroom.
the 5 E model
I like that Lori used her lessons on us to give us an example of teaching it. I liked that I could take her lessons and adjust them for my classroom and grade level.
I thought the activities and science experiments we did were helpful. They served as good examples of what we could do in the classroom. I thought that having to write and teach a lesson was good. I also thought the short articles from NSTA we read were helpful. However, sometimes they were repetitive.
the class activities.
hands on activities
the meanings behind each of the activities and projects we took part in
I think what I found most valuable in this course was the hands-on aspect of the science concepts she wanted us to learn. I think the hands-on and engaging activities allowed us to see and understand her big idea of making the learning real and appealing to students. We didn't learn much about how to teach science to students, per se, but I think she just wanted us to feel as if we were the science students to gain understanding of how they'd want to be taught in the class.
The hands on activities were great for us to see things from a student perspective.
In class activities introduced new activities to do with children.
The different hands on activities we did in class.
How to use science inquiry and hands-on learning to teach science effectively.
I found the introduction to the Framework K-12 Science Education to be most valuable and helpful. I hadn't been introduced to the Framework prior to this course, however will now be regularly referring to it in my last semester of student teaching, as well as in the future. The 5 e's model help guide me through developing multiple science lessons this year and was a terrific model to follow. My science lessons this year were by far the best lessons I had taught thus far. Thank you for your teaching and guidance this semester!
Better understanding of Science, and found some interest in it as well. Learned that Science isn't always about logics, but hands-on experiments is what makes learning and understanding fun.
top activity, magnet activity, catapult activity
The lab time we got to create was fun but I am not sure if all lessons were relevant to my field placement.
I really liked ALL of the hands on activities that we did in class, because they can all be transfered into our FUTURE classroom.
I liked that majority of what we were taught was hands on. Because education is moving towards more hands on instead of by the book, I was glad that we were able to do some experiments.
Lori was so kind and patient. She really knows how to communicate well with her students as well as model teaching strategies.
I felt Lori provided us with great examples on how to teach science to elementary students. She was very informative and helpful.
The lesson examples
hands on activities
The hands on experiences.
Refrshing my knowledge of the scientific method. Useful strategies for the classroom.
I found the activities most helpful
Lori is very passionate about what she does and I do value passion. Her content knowledge is vast and her resources are endless. I appreciate every bit of her classes as they are engaging and challenging at the same time. Her reading materials are good and I'm glad that she didn't made us buy a textbook,I firmly believe that we can find many good materials online at a reasonable price, just like she said and did.
Learning about the new framework standards that will be the national science standards in the near future.
A lot of what was taught can be used in the classroom and they were engaging fun activities/lessons.
The handful of Hands-on Experiment. The idea of "Let student explore first then lecture".
learning about inquiry
There were a lot of useful hands-on interactive elements that I learned in this course. We developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of science, and how science is taught through inquiry rather than memorization. I felt it was most helpful to experience all the in class inquiries, because we got to see first-hand how it is more fun, more easily retained, and in general more educational to DO rather than memorize.
9. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
the limited assignments to get graded on
The readings... we talked about how to fix this problem and I agree that the groups for reading works really well! :)
I felt that the inquiry investigation project was not as helpful to me.
This class was very helpful, but one thing that I didn't like was the Framework. I know it has a lot of information, but it's so dry and long.
Nothing; every thing was helpful!
I did not like the readings, even though some did catch my eyes. I feel that at least half the class did not read the articles and skimmed through it or waited for a classmate to tell them about it.
Maybe the science topic resource project. I think this assignment could be very helpful if it were altered a little bit.
her lectures and readings. I also did not understand the significance of the investigation project.
science inquiry project
I think what I found least valuable was how it didn't really teach us how to teach science to students, or what we'd need to really know to teach elementary science to our particular grade level. The other thing I totally find not helpful or valuable at all was the meal worm investigation project. I feel like that was a big waste of time.
I found that not all of the readings were necessary.
Inquiry was a bit time consuming
The readings were kind of boring.
nothing it was all good and I am able to use everything in the field somehow
I found the readings to be the most difficult, as I felt discussing them briefly prior or providing guiding questions about the reading would have been more helpful than just discussing them after. I cant think of anything I would label to be "least" valuable within Lori's teaching this semester. Her knowledge of the content was clear, as she would modify each lesson to best meet our needs. From my own teaching experiences, I know this is difficult to do if you do not have firm knowledge of the lesson topic.
Monotone lectures, pages of reading that was assigned, and irrelevant to what we were doing in class - no consistency in going over readings, practically read for nothing. Did not like mealworm experiment!
inquiry project, meal worms, resource paper
I enjoyed the activities done in class however I do not know if I will use them all in the future. We are adults and were treated like were are in a high school classroom conducting our own experiments. I would have gotten more out of the course if I were taught techniques instead of being treated like a student. I have have already taken high school and remember my courses, this was conducted in a similar manner and I would have expected to be treated more like an adult and learn techniques I can use in my future classroom. It was the instructors first time teaching here so I believe she will grow better with assignments and produce more useful activities as she progresses.
Some of the readings were a little overwhelming, but maybe cut some of the readings out for next time.
I thought that the "framework" was useless. It was confusing to adapt to our lessons, as well as confusing to understand WHY we needed to use it as a somewhat of our foundations for the lessons. Maybe it just wasn't explained enough from the get go. It's quite an intimidating resource. & for us to use it as somewhat like the standards was hard to link together since the framework is not as straight forward.
I felt it was well structured. I liked the flow of daily activities and I feel that all the experiences we had helped me understand how to structure science lessons and to facilitate learning.
The framework
Creating the presentation boards for the last day. I felt it was something that we could have maybe done in our mentor classes. It would have been more helpful for our development.
Sometimes I think that we could have more activities in one class session. Her classes are more about going deep, I don't blame, but as we're not having more science classes, I think that we could have done more experiments in class to open our minds a little more.
Many of the readings weren't discussed in class which made them seem irrelevant to the material we were learning.
A lot of the content was difficult to understand and I think focusing a little more on some of the content or finding ways to include it into a fun lesson would be more helpful.
I feel like we didn't really use the articles so much through out the semester.
The articles adn reading assignment.
sometimes being treated like a child
I was not too enthusiastic about the poster at the end. I felt we could've talked about potential presentation options for students and just settled with the reflection/report.
10. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 23 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (22%) 9 (56%)
11. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 23 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (44%) 7 (30%) 4 (25%)
12. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 23 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 7 (44%)
13. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
14. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (44%) 18 (78%)
15. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
smart, calm, and understanding
awesome! Fun ! Great!
Nice, calm
Knowledgeable, caring, and enthusiastic.
Effective, friendly, professional.
Intelligent and kind
Helpful Knowledgable
Intelligent, thorough, humble
stubborn and new.
compassionate, wise
passionate informative
Passionate, monotonous, caring
Kind, good model, friendly
Knowledgeable and passionate
energetic, organized
knowledgeable, professional, and organized.
Kind, intelligent, passive
good intentions
Enthusiastic Punctual Strict
Passionate, Caring
Humble & Professional
Kind, fun, engaging
Genuine and sincere.
enthusiastic, passionate, understanding
Simple, interesting, knowledgable
dedicated, helpful
Fun, Nice, Approachable
1. Passionate 2. Knowledgeable 3. Organized
Creative Hands-on Knowledgeable
Intelligent and kind
encouraging, supportive
Knowledgable, Understanding, and Friendly
new but learning
Organized, prepared, passionate about science
16. Directions for assignments are clear and specific.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 23 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (9%) 9 (39%) 4 (25%)
17. Assignments are graded fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 23 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (19%) 5 (31%)
18. Assignments are returned promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 16 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 4 (25%) 11 (48%)
19. Class projects are related to course goals and objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 16 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 4 (25%) 13 (57%)
20. My overall evaluation of this course is...
good course and nice teacher
Awesome class I really enjoyed it! :)
I think that this class should have had more small assignments than one big assignment. However, overall, I found this class to be fun because of the hands-on experiments and she gave us enough time to do them.
One thing that I think should be changed about this course is the fact that we are graded pretty much on 3 assignments. That means if we do bad one assignment we are pretty much set to get a low grade in the class.
Even though it could be difficult at times, everything was helpful and I thoroughly enjoyed myself in this class.
Lori is an excellent professor. She knows how to teach science. She set us up in the beginning with plenty of reading that is crucial to teaching science. She is kind, understanding, personable, and an expert is this course curriculum.
I liked the course that we had a lot of hands-on activities that resulted in experience for teaching Science.
For the first time teaching this course it was pretty good. There were ups and downs, things I did and didn't like, but we made it! I think it would be more beneficial if we looked at content and figured out how to grab big understandings by looking at HCPS standards instead of the framework. We are all more familiar and it's more applicable at the moment.
that it was a little slow moving and was not helpful in preparing me as a teacher.
great professor. she's new so give her some time and she'll be fine tuned.
Overall, I think it was an okay course and I liked the hands-on things. I also appreciated how she took our feedback and actually did something about it; she always tried to better herself based on what we told her, which I appreciate greatly.
This course was good, considering I don't like science. It was a great way to see how to make science fun and interesting for students!
Class helped me learn about science for elementary
This was a great class. I could really tell that Lori tried her best to teach us what she knows.
It was an important piece to my puzzle of learning each aspect and subject. Lori really helped shed an amazing light onto this subject that many of us hated. I have come to enjoy science and looking forward to tackling this in my placement.
For number 18: assignments are returned promptly, I checked neutral, but felt I should elaborate. Lori clearly explained her concern for fairness (everyone receiving feedback at once) as well as her dedication to providing us with helpful, relevant notes. Each assignment that was returned was reviewed thoroughly and provided constructive feedback. The feedback was very helpful and was certainly worth the wait. Due to Lori's thoroughness, some assignments were ungraded for a bit longer than I had hoped. As I explained, it turned out to be a positive rather than a negative. Overall, this course was a great experience for me. I felt I learned copious amounts of information, as well as valuable skills I can apply in my future teaching career.
Very fun and engaging. I learned to like Science, and grew somewhat of an interest in it as well. Especially for becoming a teacher, I really had to grow upon more than what I knew about content area to become a better teacher. Only irrelevant things that should be adjusted are readings. Other than that, productive course.
I love science and this course was honestly a bummer for me.
It was very helpful and I really enjoyed this course! Lori did an excellent job, considering that this is also her first semester here at Manoa. She was always prepared and really reflected and adjusted lessons based off of class reflections from the students. She asked us what we wanted to learn and she delivered it! We really appreciate that she listened and took our feedback into GREAT consideration!
At the beginning, I did not like this class. Reason being is because I don't like science. I enjoyed all of the activities that we participated in. I wish I could've seen more connection to the HCPS instead of just inquiry & framework. The standards are what we HAVE to foundation our lessons from, & I don't feel like I learned how to take the standards & create fun activities from there. I felt as though you can always do experiments in science, but how to relate them to standards is what we needed. I also didn't like that we needed a paper & poster for our meal worm experiment. I'd rather have had he choice to do either. As much as the resource paper was long & tiring, I REALLY DID SEE ITS VALUE. It opened my eyes to many different resources, books & the internet. I would love to see everyone's papers.
I enjoyed it
I really enjoyed it, I feel the learning process was absolutely well facilitated. I liked how we started the course, it was very informative and gave great insight on how as teachers we need to think differently in order to teach our students better. The flow through the course was great as well as each individual day. I enjoyed every science experiment thing we did and I felt it tied in very well with our class.
it was good, and our teacher responded well to feedback~
This course overall was alright, I don't know if I learned a huge amount of things but I did learn some. I wish it was a little more engaging at times. I found my mind wondering a lot in this class and losing focus.
I liked, this course is really a good resource, but I think that there are more to learn, so only one semester is short.
This class was enjoyable because of all the hands-on activities.
It was difficult to achieve good grades in assignments but the overall course was engaging and stimulating
Great class, I can tell she really loves science
She is a good teacher with a lot of preparations.
good course, and necessary information
It was a fun and very experiential class. We got to do a lot of things first hand rather than just read about teaching methods. The lessons we had to create were well developed, and we got to also experience the perspective of the students by conducting our own inquiries, much as a student in a class would.
21. Other comments:
Have A Merry Christmas!
This was a great class to prepare me to teach science. Everything that I've learned in this class will help me to become a great science teacher. I feel this class was very helpful in teaching me what I should be teaching, how I should teach (inquiry), and we even learned how to make our own science notebook, which is good for our own classrooms. Thank you for a great semester Lori, it's been crazy, but I hope you enjoyed our crazy cohort!
I now look at science in a new light! I am not scared to teach science in my future classroom anymore!
Thank you
Less lecturing and more activities.
Thank you for your help and knowledge
Best of luck! It was wonderful having you as an instructor. I hope you continue teaching next year. You are doing a great job! Aloha. -Maura
It would have been much better if we did many little labs. The resource paper was pointless. The inquiry project did not go over well. Do not make us take care of meal worms.
Awesome semester! I wish you the best of luck for the future!!! Thank you for all of your patience with our class. ( I know at times we can be chatty and sometimes difficult. Sorry for that)
I wouldn't mind Lori teaching us again!
I recognize this was her first semester teaching a science methods course, and I felt she did a great job making it very interactive for us. It was easy to see her passion for teaching science through her instruction.