Teacher Training Evaluation: Participating teachers were asked to evaluate the teacher training workshop on-site at the conclusion of the session, using an evaluation instrument developed by Sangamon Auditorium project staff.
Class Acts Evaluation: Teachers were asked to complete a brief evaluation form on which they offered their evaluation of the pre-show preparation and attending the live performance. This evaluation form was distributed to Head Start classroom teachers on the bus when they arrived in the parking lot at UIS for the performance. Criteria for evaluation included the experience’s perceived contribution to school readiness as well as age appropriateness, anticipated student interest, and practicality. Evaluative questions covered the several components of the Class Acts process, including the classroom learning materials, the pre-show visits by Auditorium staff, and the field trip and performance.
Family Event Evaluation: Parents and caregivers were asked to evaluate the Family Event via a mail-back survey instrument, with questions touching on the following criteria: interest and engagement of children in pre-show activities, their own and children’s response to the performance, and questions or responses children had following the event. The first year this survey was distributed to parents and caregivers when they checked in at the event they attended, the second year it was sent home from school the following week with students who attended.
2015-2016 Evaluation Report
Summary of 2015-2016 Teacher Training Evaluations:
Summary of 2015-2016 Class Acts Evaluations:
For the 2015-2016 school year, we continued our process of working with the Head Start Education Coordinator to distribute and collect teacher surveys after each performance. We received a total of 31 responses.
The Teacher’s Guides for both performances were highly rated. On a scale of 1 being “not useful” and 10 being “very useful,” the guides were collectively rated at an average of 8.12 on their usefulness in preparing students for the performance and an average of 8.43 on their usefulness in helping teachers reach other classroom goals for their students. Fifty-eight percent of respondents reported that they used most or all of the material in the guides.
The pre-show classroom visits continued to receive positive responses from Head Start teachers. Survey respondents ranked visits at an average of 8.79 on a scale of 1 being “not useful” and 10 being “very useful.” Teachers specifically commented on the timing of the visits, some requesting that the visits be scheduled several days before the performance to allow the teachers more time to reinforce concepts, and others requesting that the visits occur the day before the performance so the information will be fresh for the students. When asked what part of the pre-show visit was most effective, the majority of teachers commented that reading the story to the class was the most effective part. A couple teachers commented positively on the interactive elements we incorporated into the visit before Chicken Dance. We plan to include more interactive elements in future pre-show visits.
When asked about the quality of the performances, the teachers preferred The Cat in the Hat over Chicken Dance. The Cat in the Hat received an overall rating of 9.75 on a scale of 1 being “poor” and 10 being “excellent,” and Chicken Dance received a rating of 8.25. Several teachers expressed that Chicken Dance was above the level of their students. Regarding the logistics of attending the performances, several teachers commented that they want more direct assistance from ushers with the dismissal process. Also, teachers were more specific in commenting about stress they feel in trying to keep track of their students while on the field trip.
As part of the teacher survey, teachers were asked to complete an oral survey with their students. Following both The Cat in the Hat and Chicken Dance, teachers reported that their students were able to correctly recall most of the characters and many of the important plot points.
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