When you activate Classroom Climate, you get a new layer of information to help you engage your students and teach to the whole person. Here are some ways to use that data. Wait! What is Classroom Climate, and how do I turn it on?
In this article you'll learn how to...
When you start presenting a Pear Deck lesson, students will join your session as always. But if you have turned on Classroom Climate, Pear Deck provides your students a quick prompt on their Student View to indicate their mood.
You can also click on the Roster in the Dashboard...
...to see exactly who has joined your session and get an instant heat map of how students are feeling.
If you want a quick look at who's not doing so well, click on Mood to sort students by mood.
Here are some ways this data might impact your lesson.
When prompted to choose a new question type, choose a Text Question. Then, verbally prompt students by saying something like,"What made you choose the face you chose?" Maybe something's going on in the student body that needs attention. Or perhaps students are tired because they have a big test next period, and they need a pick-me-up. Even if you proceed with your lesson, you can be sensitive to their emotional state and potentially alter the tone or pacing.
When the lesson is over and you're ready to collect feedback from students, be sure to end the Session by clicking the More Actions (three-dots) menu or the END button.
Then, Pear Deck will drop a question into the Student View that says "How did it go?" Students can select the thumbs up or thumbs down.
They will have an hour to respond before the poll closes. With this data, you can get a quick sense about whether students liked the lesson and felt engaged by it. We have intentionally left the polling question broad to make sure it fits all different kinds of classes. Feel free to give students more specific direction like, "Tell me with the thumbs up or down, did you think this lesson was engaging?" or "Do you think you learned something from this lesson?" With this data you can scan for the most engaging lessons and try to emulate them later.
Here's how to find this information later:
When you click on either the student attendance number or the thumbs up percentage, as shown in the image above, you'll see a full report on each student's mood and feedback:
Now you can 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:
Teaching social skills and emotional awareness is a huge job, and this kind of check-in is just one piece of it. If you're eager to read more about this important topic, we recommend Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives by David Bornstein.