Our evil genius program evaluator had the students complete a survey; responses from two questions below. (N=17, which is all but two of my advisees).
I thought the result from Column I was particularly interesting given that my advisory all passed Gateway and half of every day is taken up with a project they choose and that they design. I would hope that the result from the first column would look more like the second column, i.e., I feel like I’m taking their input all the time but maybe I’m not.
Am I giving them enough space to design and work on their own? Is my understanding of the structure necessary to complete a project being mistaken for actually overwhelming what they want to do? Is it a question of students working hard and me not appreciating it? Or is it a question of students misidentifying activity as actual work? Are my expectations too high?
Given that feeling, I figured I had to build a circle activity to hear what the students thought. Two writing questions:
How much freedom should an eleventh grader have in terms of their education?
Should there be any limits or restrictions?