How to use Classroom Climate Data
When you activate Classroom Climate Data, you get a new layer of information to help you engage your students and teach to the whole person. Here are some ideas about how to use that data. (Wait! What is Classroom Climate?)
In this article you can find out how to:
- Use Mood Data in Class
- Use Lesson Feedback Data After Class
- Use Mood and Lesson Feedback Data Together
When you start presenting a Pear Deck lesson, students will join as always. But where it normally says "the teacher will begin shortly," it will now provide students a quick prompt to self-report on their own mood - like this:
As the teacher, you can see student responses to this prompt in the private Session Dashboard when you open the Roster. This gives you an instant heat map of how students are feeling.
If you want a quick look at who's not doing so well, you can sort by Mood with the sort order drop down.
Now What? Ways this Data Might Impact Your Lesson
- Let's say most students report being content and there are just a few sad faces in the room. In this case, probably no great change is needed, but you can keep a closer eye on the students who reported feeling bad. They might be less eager to participate, and it might not be a great day to call on that student, or put them on the spot.
- Let's say a high percentage reported feeling sad. This might have a strong impact on how well your lesson goes. It might be worth it to pause. If most students aren't in a brain space where they can be receptive to information, then maybe there's not a good reason to plow ahead. In this case, you could check in with students.
In Pear Deck, you can drop in a quick question and choose the Text question type. Verbally prompt them with,"What made you chose the face you picked?". Maybe something's going on in the student body that needs attention. Or maybe they're all tired because they have a big test next period and they need some kind of pick-me-up. Even if you keep going with your lesson at this point, you can be sensitive to their emotional state and potentially alter the tone or pacing.
At the end of you lesson, make sure you advance to the last slide, and/or click on the More Actions (3-dot) button on the navigation bar and select the End This Session:
Then, Pear Deck will drop in a question that says, "How did it go?" on the Student screen. Students can select a thumbs up or thumbs down response:
This will only take a second and they can even do it as they walk out of class. They have an hour to respond before the poll closes.
Later, when you return to your Pear Deck Home screen, you can click on a Deck and see the poll data:
Notice there is a "Thumbs up" percentage next to each Session you've given with that Deck. There is also a percentage at the top of the pop-up. This tells you an average "Thumbs up" rating across all Sessions you've given with that Deck.
With this data, you can get a quick sense if students like the lesson and felt engaged by it. We have intentionally left the polling question broad so as to make sure it fits all different kinds of classes and units. Please feel free to give students more specific direction like "Tell me Thumbs up or down, did you think this lesson was engaging?" or "Do you think you learned something from this lesson?"
We recommend you keep your question consistent, that way your Thumbs up rating will mean the same thing across all your Decks. For example, if you always ask students if they thought the lesson was engaging, now you know that a 90% means that it's a really engaging Deck. With this data you can scan your lessons for the most engaging ones and try to emulate them when you make new Decks.
The final piece is to look at the Mood and Feedback data together. When you click on either the "Thumbs up" percentage or the Student Attendance count (see the image above), you'll see a full report on each student's answer:
Here you will be able to identify correlations between a student's self-reported mood and how well they thought the lesson went. This can be helpful for a number of reasons:
- You might find that many of thumbs down ratings came from people who also said they were not in a good mood. That makes sense since mood has a big impact on ability to learn. But if you see a lot of students who said they were in a good mood but also gave a thumbs down to the lesson, that's something to look at more closely. Perhaps the lesson wasn't meeting the intended mark and should be altered before using it again.
- If the same student is repeatedly reporting a bad mood and rating the lesson with a thumbs down, this might be something to pay attention to. If that student is an emotional state each day that prevents them from learning, some kind of intervention might be needed.
Teaching students social skills and emotional awareness is a huge job; this kind of check-in is just one piece of it. For research on the importance of social and self-awareness, here's a good place to start: Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives by David Bornstein.