Archive for December, 2009

Educators Please Respond Here

Posted: December 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

Please let us know what grade level and subject you teach. How do you feel the year is going? Do you feel you are effectively teaching your students? Why or why not?

Do you feel there is enough parental involvement? Are the students genuinely interested in their education?

Are you in control of your classes or is chaos an issue? Are you able to teach effectively or is there a required teaching method in place that you find ineffective?

Do you have ESL or special needs students who are not getting the instruction they need? Or do you feel everyone’s needs are met?

Thank you for your contribution, and as I wrote in all of my other posts, feel free to address any other issues I have not mentioned.

Hello college students. Apparently all was not lost with you, because you made it to college! My questions are

Do you feel that your high school experience adequately prepared you for college?

Have you had to take any remedial/developmental courses prior to being allowed to take credit classes?

What, specifically, do you think prepared you or did not prepare you for college?

If you had children, would you want them to go through the same schooling experience as you?

Feel free to add any additional comments that do not directly answer the above questions, and thanks for your contribution.

Even those who are not directly a part of the school system are affected by the students that it produces. If students are not learning appropriate social skills, and are not being prepared to successfully obtain employment or seek post-secondary education, these results are felt throughout the community.

If you have experienced a situation that you feel was the result of shortcomings of the educational system, please share. Has your community worsened over time, remained the same, or have you seen improvement?

Is there a way that the community can help get students or schools on track?

Feel free to make points that are not in direct response to the questions I have posed. Thank you for your contribution.

Parents Please Respond Here

Posted: December 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

Thank you for your finding my new blog. I am a 28-year-old developmental college instructor/graduate student who is doing personal research on Baltimore’s public school systems. I am collecting feedback from parents and students regarding satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the school systems. For this blog, here are some questions to consider:

Do you feel that you are a part of your child’s educational community? Are you involved with your child’s school? Why or why not?

Are you confident that your child or children are receiving a quality education? Are you confident that your child will grow up to be successful or are your doubtful?

If you could recommend changes at your child’s school, what would those recommendations be?

Feel free to address any questions that I have not asked. Also, please state if your child or children attend Baltimore City or County Schools. Thank you for your participation in this study.

Thanks for checking out my blog. I am interested in understanding why high school students drop out. When responding to the blog, please consider the following questions:

Do you regret dropping out? Have you obtained a GED since dropping out, or do you plan to obtain a GED?

Do you feel anger towards yourself, your family, or your school?

What was the reason/reasons that caused you to drop out? Financial needs, family obligations, an environment at school that did not meet your needs?

Have you been able to secure employment for yourself that you find to be satisfactory?

In your response, please state whether you attended Baltimore City or County Schools. I value your input and thank you in advance for your responses.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. I’m interested in figuring out what’s working or not working in Baltimore County and Baltimore City Schools, and I figure the best way to get an honest answer is to ask the students what’s going on. Rather than creating a long survey to fill out, I’m just going to ask an open-ended question, allowing students to say as little or as much as they want.

When responding to this blog, keep the following questions in mind (and feel free to respond to whichever you choose, or anything else that I haven’t addressed):

Overall, are you satisfied with your educational experience? Do you feel that you are receiving a quality education?

What are some positive or negative aspects of your schooling? What recommendations do you have to improve the quality of your school?

Are there any specific reasons you keep going to school everyday? Do you feel confident that you will graduate?
Do you think education is important? Do you think your school cares about you as an individual and your educational success? Why or why not?

Please feel free to share anything that you think would be important for others to know.

I am a 28-year-old instructor/grad student who is attempting to figure out ways to better educate Baltimore’s students, and I really believe that the students have the best input, so I am very appreciative for your time and responses.

In your response, please state what grade your are in and whether you attend Baltimore County or City Schools.