Hip hip hooray, it's time for more data collection!
Seriously. I'm not being as snarky as I may sound. (You know me so well). Even though "data" is becoming something of a dirty word to a lot of us, I'm actually collecting information I can use to answer the #1 question for school counselors: Am I effective?
A large part of the answer has to do with my relationship with the teachers in my building, and whether they view what I do as helpful to them and to their students. It's not enough to be a good counselor to the kids; I also have to effectively collaborate and communicate with the adults.
This--the end of my first full year in a new district--is the perfect time to find out how teachers think I'm doing (as nerve-wracking as that may be for a sensitive overachiever like me). So I've bravely turned to my new best friend, Google Docs, to create a teacher/staff survey.
Here's the link to the document, in case you'd like to download it to your Google Docs and edit it for your own use.
BEFORE EDITING, click "File" (upper left-hand corner), then "Make a Copy" to copy it to your Google Drive. CLOSE my survey, then find "Copy of Counseling Survey 2013-2014" in your drive. This is your personal one that you may edit as you wish.
Change the questions according to your needs, the theme of the form (a decorative choice) if you wish, and delete the instructions I put for you at the top of the form.
Make the spreadsheet to collect your responses by clicking on "Responses," then "Change Response Destination," then "New Spreadsheet." This will be where your personal data is collected.
When you're ready to enter your data, click on "View Live Form" on the bar above. This will show you the form as your respondents will see it.
To send to your teachers, copy the link of the live form and e-mail it to them. I don't use the share feature, because I just want them answering the questions, not editing the form.
I e-mailed the link out after school Friday afternoon. I have no idea what the response rate will be, but I figure at least I should get the people who are most happy and least happy with what I'm doing.
Let's hope it's more of the former!