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Instructor: Theresa Lock

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Theresa Lock: ITE417, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Institute for Teacher Educatn
Course: ITE 417 - Dev Approp Practice Ages 3-8 Crn (Section): 78361 (001)    
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  
3.57 23 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (52%) 9 (39%) 2 (9%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.91 23 0.29 Freq(%) 2 (9%) 21 (91%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 23 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 1 (4%) 18 (78%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 23 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (9%) 4 (17%) 16 (70%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 23 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (30%) 6 (26%) 10 (43%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 23 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (9%) 10 (43%) 10 (43%)
7. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 23 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (9%) 9 (39%) 11 (48%)
8. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 23 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 3 (13%) 16 (70%)
9. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 23 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 8 (35%) 12 (52%)
10. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 23 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 3 (13%) 17 (74%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 23 1.16 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 2 (9%) 2 (9%) 7 (30%) 11 (48%)
12. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 23 1.11 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 5 (22%) 5 (22%) 9 (39%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Not well organized.
unorganized, one track minded
Caring, Kind, and dedicated.
knowledgeable, understanding
knowledgable, and informational
Smart, professional, friendly
approachable, experienced
helpful, empathetic, insightful
Encouraging, motivated, and inspiring
knowledgeable, helpful
caring, smiling, happy
knowledgeable, understanding and nice
knowledgeable, respectful
Helpful and knowledgable
Caring, considerate, and understanding
Caring, Knowledgeable, Professional
Informative, detailed, and funny
Caring Patient
14. Directions for assignments are clear and specific.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.65 23 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 9 (39%) 7 (30%) 5 (22%)
15. Assignments are graded fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.96 23 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 4 (17%) 9 (39%) 8 (35%)
16. Assignments are returned promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 23 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 1 (4%) 7 (30%) 12 (52%)
17. Class projects are related to course goals and objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 23 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (13%) 6 (26%) 13 (57%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The group teaching labs were fun and the only thing I liked about the class
teaching labs with our classmates
I liked the teaching strategies presentations the best. It was fun getting activity ideas to use in the classroom. I learned a lot from my peers.
The content was very relevant and fun to learn. I liked the teaching strategies presentations, they were a creative way to get information across to us.
All the writing assignment seemed to help me better understand the course goals and materials better. I definitely had to read almost all the chapters throughout the two books. I don't think I had read textbook this thoroughly.
I liked having speakers come into the classroom. I really found our most recent guest most informing. She discussed different ways of including children in the classroom community and I loved it.
I liked the guest speakers and when prof. lock taught from her experience, for example talking about doing home visits when working with low income families.
The classroom analysis papers because it gave me a chance to observe another classroom, rather than the one I was placed in for field.
What I liked best about this course is how Professor Lock made learning fun. She incorporated teaching strategies that we ourselves needed to present in front of the class that will help us to become better teachers for our younger generation(s). We also did group activities where we played games (legos, water colors, shaving cream) where we reflected back to when we were kids. Wanting to feel, touch, and observation our environment that surrounds us. Overall, I really enjoyed how this course was not (totally) a lecture class, but we went outside into the field for at least two days and observed students on how they interaction with their peers as well as how the environment influenced them. I really like working with young children and I thought this was a great way of doing so.
Theresa shared a lot of knowledge about early childhood education and how to effectively evaluate an early childhood classroom. I have learned about the different approaches to teaching younger children and how to implement that in a classroom. Theresa provided a lot of support when it comes to assignments because she allowed us to set up meetings with her and gave us constructive feedback on all of our assignments before they are due.
the in class activities
Presentations were good along with hands-on activities we did in class
Teaching strategies presentations and writing classroom analysis papers that I can use as reference when I become a teacher. I also liked the guest speakers.
I enjoyed visiting and observing Punahou's Omidyar k-1 neighborhood.
The presentations and demonstrating of the principles was very informative. I learn best while doing hands-on and interactive lessons.
I did like the learning presentations because they were very informative and I feel that I learned a lot from them.
I liked how we had to just complete the teaching presentation and papers. No little homework in between.
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I didn't like that the teacher was not well-organized. She also changed our syllabus multiple times throughout the semester and changed the rubrics for our assignments with not much notice before the due date. She also graded harshly even though we weren't given much time to work on our papers that were quite lengthy.
the 40 pages we had to write on one observation of a classroom
The lengthy analysis paper! Even though I loved the structure of the analysis, I felt like I was repeating myself too often. I took away a lot from the assignment though.
The explanations of the assignments was a bit wishy washy at first.
Although the assignments help me better understand the course materials, I felt that there were too many writing assignments. I manage to finish it on time but I felt that it was just too much paper in one semester.
Prof. Lock spends large amount of time during the class explaining what the agenda for the class is, dealing with technical difficulties, reexplaining assignment directions when the first ones were not clear, and having students read handouts out loud. For me it would be a better use of time if the entire class was spent in useful discussion or presentation of new information, rather than presenting info multiple times or spending a lot of time discussing the course in a meta way (which does not add to course content).
I did not like how Ms. Lock was sometimes unclear of what she wanted for our papers. Her directions were not as clear as I wanted them to be.
I did not like anything least about this course.
The four part paper on the classroom analysis was a difficult assignment because each part had to be written in a different perspective which was hard to do because I was not sure what I was looking for when actually observing the classroom.
the long essays
the papers were a little redundant. I understand the concept but maybe something could be done to change them up a little bit so it doesnt feel like we keep writing about the same thing.
The papers (Analysis of a Classroom): confusing and uncertain of what to write
The inconsistency of the due dates and changes to the syllabus.
All four analysis papers
Amount of readings and the analysis papers
The aspect that I liked the least was the paper(s). I felt like they were too long, especially the 2nd and 3rd parts. I understand that she wanted us to go into great detail, but most times, I felt like I was being redundant and just repeating myself all of over again. These papers would be ok if I didn't have other classes. This class, I feel like I stressed out about the most.
The amount of pages and the amount of information needed in the papers. I feel like if we are required to write that much within a semester, this course should also be a writing intensive course.
20. What changes would you make in the readings?
There wasn't that much to read.
maybe a little more structured reading, if anything, all the readings were scattered and seemed irrelevant
I loved the Developmentally Appropriate Practice book. I learned a lot of classroom techniques and strategies. I thought the "Who am I in the lives of children?" book was not as helpful; it didn't seem to have the information that I (personally) was looking for. I would focus more on the DAP book and how to read it.
The readings I thought were relevant to what was being discussed. I enjoyed the reading and using it as a resource for our assignments later.
The topics of the writing assignments were great. If the papers rubrics requirements could either be shorten or combined with other writing assignments.
I liked the Who Am I text because I felt that it was easier to understand and use as a resource compared to using the DAP book. I initially rented the WAI book and I now want to buy it and keep it in my personal library.
Connect it to classroom activities to make them more engaging.
I would not change the readings because I thought both textbooks were informational for class discussions are to refer back to them when writing papers.
having only one book
Opening class with questions from the readings and allowing students to ask questions about readings to create discussions.
I would change nothing. The readings were very insightful.
Some of the readings were repetitive. I think that the readings were lengthy and could be condensed.
The readings were fine. I feel like they were beneficial to our learning and they tied into what was in the textbooks also.
None, the readings were easy to follow and very helpful for the papers.
21. What changes would you make in the discussion sections?
Lectured too much.
more discussion less lectures
Nothing. I really liked the discussions. It was nice to talk to my cohort members about young children and classroom techniques. The only thing that made discussions difficult was the unnecessary chatter. It was difficult to hear people and it was very disrespectful to the teacher and other classmates.
Maybe have people come with questions or things that were an "aha" for people.
I'm not too sure. Maybe make sure everyones laptops are away so they can be more abled to participate in the discussions?
Have the whole class sit in a circle or come together somehow. Our whole class was split into three big tables for most of the semester and it would have been nice to get to know other peers.
I would not make any changes in the discussion sections because I thought the discussions were effective and gave the students a different perspective when discussing specific topics.
having it be more student based
maybe a little less lecture type class. It was a two and a half hour class, so could get pretty boring just sitting there and listening for that long.
There is sometimes a lot of lecturing
I would change nothing.
None :)
The discussions were ok! I would just make sure that everyone was participating and not only one person was doing all the work.
None. Although there wasn't much discussion within the students, Terry delivered the content.
22. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
We had four papers for one observation that we did in the beginning of the semester. I feel that it was unnecessary because the papers were way too long and we could have summed our observations up in two papers.
definitely cut down on the pages, and summarize. Not such demanding requirements, there should be more leeway if were writing 10 pages.
I wouldn't change much. I liked the paper and its purpose. But I would change the requirements. Like it seemed like i was repeating myself each section. Maybe make the sections more distinct and contrasting?
I think that all of the assignments were a bit rushed. I think 3 assignments could have been sufficient.
I would say the three topics of the writing assignments were very similar, but yet slightly different. If you were to keep the topic the same. Maybe it will be better if you shorten the rubrics requirement? I just felt that in order to fulfill the requirements I had to write about more than 10 pages to meet the goals. I just felt that it was difficult to manage on top of what I already had on my plate this semester.
It's a lot of writing and I feel this class should almost be a writing intensive class. I didn't mind doing it though because it helped me notice different aspects of the classroom and their purposes. I appreciate you allowing students to turn in drafts and letting us revise those drafts.
More specific directions and more specific feedback about what she wants from us.
The only change I would make in the writing session is how often she would change the requirements for each analysis paper. It became slightly more confusing to not just me, but to other other classmates as well (as I have asked them).
For the writing assignments, the four part paper should be condensed to a two part paper, just so students can spend more time focusing on two observational lenses instead of four different perspectives.
having them be shorter
I liked that the writing assignments were replacing a final and quizzes, but I got a little worried about the way things were graded and how many times the rubrics changed. I understand that this was Mrs. Lock's first year teaching but it was a little unsettling to be a guinea pig notheless and I just hope my grade is okay because i worked hard on the papers especially the final papers.
It would have been helpful to have a set rubric instead of making changes weekly because it was hard to begin the assignment early (worried that something would change and had to adjust whole paper)
Be consistent with the rubric.
A little more overview on how to create an analysis paper
The writing assignment was good, but very repetitive. I think that observing an early childhood classroom was a good experience, but only needed one paper to cover all of the concepts.
For the writing assignments, I would not make them that long. I would make each section a maximum of 8 pages. I would also consider doing mini papers instead of doing four giant papers. Or even just having one giant paper that combined every aspect. If I were to count how many pages I actually wrote, it would be about 20+ pages. That is a lot!
I felt that some of the papers were a bit repetitive an unnecessary, could have been shortened instead of having 4 10+ page papers
The number of papers required. Or maybe the amount of time were given to write the papers.
make them shorter to match the amount of points being given
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
This course was a waste of our time and money. I feel that I didn't learn anything from the instructor.
time consuming. I didn't really learn too much other than the lessons our classmates did
Good! I liked this course. I learned a lot of young children. I can't wait to try everything I learned in the next field placement.
It was a great course with a lot of useful information. It was presented in a way that was easy to understand and connect to.
Informational, I did learn a lot about developmentally appropriate practices in young children. The importance of education of young children.
Great course.
I enjoyed Ms. Lock's presence and I felt like I learned a lot from this course.
Great class. I really enjoyed it a lot.
This is a very effective course for students majoring in early childhood education because it teaches us ways of how to understand child development and learning and how to incorporate families in order to help a child succeed.
effective, but there was overkill with the writing.
great! I had a lot of fun :) Thank you so much for an awesome semester.
This course it's helpful and provides a lot of resources for students to continue researching.
I give it a 7 out of 10 because I did learn a lot.
Good, but tedious. This course basically covers most of the information we have already learned in previous courses, so it is a little redundant. Covering the principles was informative.
This class was ok. I learned how to be very detailed, but there needs to be some changes made to the assignments and the instruction. I feel since the class is in the afternoon, most students are tired, especially, those in the COE. It would've been nice to have class outside, or do a lot of hands- on activities. Class needs to be active, otherwise, the students will be more likely to fall asleep!
My overall evaluation is that I like the course. It gave me a better understanding of what is developmentally appropriate practices for teachers. I enjoyed Professor Lock.
It was interesting and different from any class i've taken at UH. A nice experience.
24. Other comments:
Maybe you should address student behavior in class. You give the students respect, but several students don't give you the respect you deserve in return.
it was a necessary pain
You are a wonderful professor and always willing to assist.