Project Overview

Project: Personal Traction, Beginning in Middle School
Teacher: Jennifer Sebring
School: Trail Ridge Middle School
Location: 1000 Button Rock Drive
Start Date: 09/24/2014
End Date: 12/20/2014

Participant Totals
Student Participants: 23
Mentor Participants: 17

Survey Totals
Teacher Survey: 1
Student Surveys: 23
Mentor Surveys: 17

Teacher Project Survey Results

Please select those areas where you witnessed significant improvement for your participating students.
Yes No Area of Potential Impact
0 1 Improved math comprehension and ability
0 1 Increased registration for advanced math courses
0 1 Improved science comprehension and ability
0 1 Increased registration for advanced science courses
1 0 Improved Communication skills (Written or Oral)
0 1 Improved subject grades
0 1 Improved standardized test scores
1 0 Improved critical thinking skills
1 0 Improved teamwork
0 1 Improved school attendence
1 0 Increase in self-directed learning
1 0 Increase integration of knowledge across subject areas and interest areas
1 0 Increase in knowledge of the workplace
1 0 Increased desire to become a proactive learner
1 0 Increased desire to go to college
0 1 Other areas

Please describe additional areas that may have been impacted by this program.

Please indicate the percentage of your students who are actively moving in the direction of becoming proactive learners.

I have a better understanding of the importance of doing well in math.
By putting more responsibility on the learner, they become invested in their own educational journey.

How many students would you prefer to directly supervise in the program next year?

Please provide some tips on how we can partner with you to expand the program in your area.
Communicating with the district administration on the impact this program is having in our schools.

How would you rate the quality of the matches between your students and mentors overall on a scale of 1 - 5?

Please describe any changes you'd like to see that might further improve the quality of the matches.

Describe a few things you and your students and mentors were able to accomplish through this program that would have been difficult or impossible any other way.
The College and Career Readiness piece in general would not be addressed in such great detail if this class was not available. Doing occasional classroom lessons is the norm due to time constraints.

How would you rate the quality of the help you received from the International Telementor Center staff throughout this project on a scale of 1 - 5?

How often were you able to communicate with the mentor group as a whole?

How often were your students able to communicate, on average, with the mentors?

Describe significant changes that you would like to see in the program or school environment that would improve the effectiveness of the program for you and your students. Please note who would be responsible for making those changes.

How has this program assisted you to use technology more effectively?
A little. I felt pretty comfortable using technology prior to this experience.

Please note the impact this program has had on meeting state or national standards on a scale of 1 - 5. Where 1 is none and 5 is signifigant

Please describe this impact, if any, in your own words.
Through the creation of the course description and weekly goals, the alignment with our district standards within Language Arts was effective and easier to implement than trying the create it on the fly.

If "students at-risk" are defined as those who have low motivation to learn, what percentage of the students you supervised this year met this criterion.

When you applied to be a teacher contact you were asked to meet the following requirements.
  1. All student/mentor commmunication is project based
  2. Participating students receive a subject grade and turn in work at least biweekly
  3. Teachers should communicate at least biweekly with the mentors
  4. Students should be self-selected for participation.
  5. Teachers should expect a high degree of accountability from their students.
  6. Teachers should respond to specific program problems within 48 hours
How many requirements you were able to meet this year.

Please describe which requirements, if any, helped you be successful in the program?
I found the weekly communication beneficial in keeping me on track, as well as keeping the mentors informed and invested in the process as well.

Please describe which requirements, if any, were difficult to meet. Please note why these requirements were difficult to meet.
Getting the students to email something substantial, especially in the beginning.

If you were helping a new teacher start in this program, what advice would you offer that would aid this new teacher and his or her students to be successful participants?
Communication with the mentors is key, both for the teacher and the students who are taking part in the project.

Do you plan to participate in the program next year?

Please estimate how many students in your school district or city could take advantage of this program next year?

What additional training would you recommend for teachers next year?
Training around how to operate in the "telementor" mindset, which allows students to lead the learning instead of it being teacher driven. Training teachers how to let go of the control and allow their students to struggle and work through the challenges they encounter throughout the project.