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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday Musing 11: Surveyitis

For your consideration: how many surveys are you asked to fill out by your administration per year? How are the results treated? We are asked to fill out surveys all the time at our little slice of heaven, and yet we rarely get feedback on the results, or, if we do, the results don't seem to jibe with what we recall being the general consensus among faculty members.

La Cornelius just got finished filling out one during her precious planning period that took 25 minutes and included over 100 questions--- and had no place to write comments on it, to boot. I got more and more annoyed the longer it took, and it was on computer and designed so that you couldn't see how long it really was.

Do the PTB care what you think??? Respond in the comment section, s'il vous plait.

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At 11/16/10, 5:08 PM, Anonymous bev said...

My PD survey was all of about 5 questions and 2 of those were about new teacher training. There was no place for me to say that the PD I received over the summer cost the district a buttload of money and I'm not using it. Not because it wasn't high quality, it was great. But because I'm bogged down in minutia and by the time I get to really plan, I'm planning for what I'm going to do in the next 5 minutes and PD got nuttin' to do wit dat!

So the length of the survey doesn't seem to affect the deafness of the central office staff.

At 11/16/10, 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a word: no.

At 11/17/10, 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At my work, people complained that we had too many surveys, so we now have to schedule all surveys far in advance, get approval from our superintendents, go through a specific person and use a specific survey tool from a specific vendor. The result is that it's basically impossible to do a survey.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I was reading each and every response, reporting back, and making changes. Maybe I'm an exception, but if you take away the surveys, you take away even the possibility that someone like me is trying to help you. It's hard for me to fight bureaucracy without any tools.

Don't complain that you have too many opportunities to voice your opinion, lest you end up like us, with -no- ways to voice your opinion.

At 11/18/10, 4:34 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

But does it really count if you are asked to voice you opinion when you get no feedback nor change in behavior from surveys? There is a strong suspicion that survey results are tracked since they are online most times, and that the results are therefore not reliable.

At 11/18/10, 9:10 PM, Blogger Polski3 said...

We get them on occasion....never seen any changes as a result. Most recent one was asking us what type of inservices we would find most useful.....admin. plans for future teacher torture sessions......

Quesque C'e avec la Francais? Polski's Francais es tres rusty.


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