COMMUNITY SAILING SCHOOL @ PISTAKEE
"Food for Thought"
Instructor Self-Reflection & Sailing School Evaluation
Welcome to our
Community Sailing School
survey. We value your input regarding your experiences as an instructor during the 2021 sailing season. Your anonymous responses will hopefully benefit both you and the sailing school. The survey contains two sections.
is a self-reflection and evaluation about how you view yourself as an instructor. Please respond in an honest and professional manner, thinking about what are some of the things you feel you did well, and also thinking about areas where you might see room for improvement. Try to think about how you interacted with your fellow instructors and with your students. We hope that you will grow as an instructor through your own self-reflection and evaluation. It is often said that "looking at oneself in the mirror" truly shows who we are and how we act around others.
Section Two is meant to provide us with feedback about the sailing program. We value your personal opinion. We ask that you please share ways that you feel we can improve our sailing program. We encourage you to provide us with both positive and negative comments. Please think about the overall program in general and also about specific things that you are familiar with, such as the daily routines, activities and staff support.
We look forward to reading your anonymous survey responses as we plan for the 2022 sailing season. It is our hope and desire to make the coming season one of the best yet. We should be able to realize that goal with your ideas, hard work and support as dedicated instructors. We cannot do it without you! Thank you for being an integral part of our sailing
PART ONE: INSTRUCTOR SELF-REFLECTION - Please respond in an honest and professional manner.
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How would you rate your experience as an instructor?
It was a truly great experience.
I had a very good experience.
I would say it was fair to good.
It was rather disappointing.
I had a terrible time.
Please comment as to why you felt that way
Please comment in a few words why you felt that way.
Did you look forward to being with your students?
Teaching them sailing was the highlight of my day!
For the most part I enjoyed being with them.
Being with them was good, depending on how I felt.
I wasn't that motivated to be there.
I would rather have stayed in bed.
Please share some thoughts on why you felt that way.
How motivated do you tend to be?
I am a true self-starter and like to get things done.
I am a team player and help out whenever I can.
I will pitch in whenever I am asked to.
I shy away from being involved.
I'd rather be left alone.
Please comment on what kinds of things motivate you.
Which three qualities do you believe are very important?
Being competent, dedicated and determined.
Being a leader, a good listener and a problem solver.
Being a role model, a team player and well respected.
Being responsible, resourceful and reliable.
Being enthusiastic, outgoing and charismatic.
List all of the qualities you see as your strengths.
List all the qualities you would like to strengthen.
Which activity do you see as the best opportunity for growth as an instructor?
Learning through a formal instructor training course
Learning through the casual observation of others
Learning by making repeated mistakes
Learning by taking chances and by trial and error
Learning through an honest, personal self-reflection
Please comment on how you plan to grow as a competent instructor.
Whom would you consider to be a challenging student?
Someone who doesn't listen and follow directions
Someone who struggles with learning the material
Someone who is a behavioral problem
Someone who is a teacher's pet and seeks attention
Someone who is not very enthusiastic or motivated
Please briefly describe how you would deal with each type of student.
Which of the following do you consider to be the most effective way to engage the students?
Plan activities that they are sure to like.
Use their names, go up to them and call on them.
Make the activities fun and educational.
Require them to participate every day.
Let them decide what they want to do.
What criteria do you feel are most important when planning class activities?
What would you consider to be an indication that a student was successful in class?
He/she achieved all of the skills of the course.
He/she had an overall positive experience.
He/she plans to take another sailing class.
He/she recommended the class to a friend.
He/she felt a sense of accomplishment.
Please comment on how you can gauge a student's level of success.
What kind of relationship do you feel is most important between instructors?
We are there to support and learn from each other.
We should be independent thinkers and doers.
We should ask each other for help and advice.
We should limit our reliance on each other.
We should report concerns about fellow instructors.
Please share several ways that you have interacted with your fellow instructors.
What do you think should be the role of the Program Director?
Be completely in charge of the entire program.
Include the instructors when making decisions.
Be a reliable resource only when needed.
Do not interfere with daily planning and operations.
Be an equal and integral member of the entire staff.
Please describe what kind of role an ideal Program Director should have?
In summary, please reflect on how you feel your year went as an instructor. Think about the various areas that affected your overall performance and success as an instructor. Think about such things as your strengths and areas where you see room for improvement. Think about how you interacted with your fellow instructors and with your students. Comment on your level of satisfaction with your job. What did you really like? What kinds of things bothered you? Lastly, give yourself an overall grade somewhere between A and F, based on an honest evaluation of your year. Thank you!
PART TWO: SAILING SCHOOL EVALUATION
- Please provide us with your personal opinion.
What would you consider to be the best feature of our summer program?
The number and variety of classes
The quality and scope of the program
The competency level of the staff
The overall support for the program
The mission and goals of the program
What makes you most proud about being a part of the Community Sailing School?
Which of the following goals should be the top priority of the sailing school?
Make the program available to the entire community
Teach about things that encompass individual growth
Provide equal opportunities for challenged students
Teach about the stewardship of our natural resources
Serve as a Chain O'Lakes Regional Learning Center
How would you summarize the mission and vision of the sailing school?
Which of the following growth opportunities do you feel benefit the instructors the most?
Taking comprehensive US Sailing courses
Learning new ideas from each other
On site inservice training and education
Instructor self-reflection and evaluation
Online professional development seminars
Please comment on your own professional development and what you found to be most beneficial.
Which of the following community outreach activities do you feel are of the greatest value?
Offering a sailing class at Johnsburg HS
Having a competitive high school sailing team
Offering evening programs, like adult sailing
Promoting the program at the area middle schools
Holding promotional fundraisers and attending events
What other kinds of community outreach activities would you recommend?
Which aspect of the curriculum do you feel is of most value?
The variety and depth of the courses being offered
The level of experience and expertise among the staff
The various times of day the classes are offered
The inclusion of STEM activities in the curriculum
The structure and quality of the daily lessons
What do you feel would be positive changes to the curriculum?
Which of the following is most important to you?
Being supported by the Board of Directors
Being supported by the Program Director
Being supported by my fellow instructors
Being respected by being able to voice my opinion
Being appreciated by being paid a decent wage
Please comment on any specific changes in working conditions that you would recommend?
Which of the following would make your job easier?
Having fully functional and reliable equipment
Having someone in charge of the equipment
Having additional equipment (boats, jet skis, etc)
Having more dedicated classroom space at the PYC
Having additional slips and storage space
What else do you feel would make your classes run smoother for you and your students?
Which of the following programs and events do you like the most?
The after school high school sailing team
The mid-season sailboat parade
The fundraisers (Gatsby Gala, Murder Mystery, etc)
The postseason staff recognition and awards party
The regional MISSA regattas and racing competition
What other kinds of programs and/or events would you recommend?
Which of the following changes do you feel would benefit the sailing school?
The addition of an instructor to the Board of Directors
The creation of a separate Advisory Board
Greater parent and volunteer involvement
A mutual relationship between the CSS & PYC
Greater school, club and community outreach
Please comment on any other changes that you feel would benefit the sailing school.
Which major changes would you like to see implemented at the Community Sailing School?
Introduce new courses
Upgrade the equipment
Hire additional staff
Review and revise the course curricula
The addition of new Board members
Please prioritize and share any changes you feel should be made for the coming season.
In summary, please share any and all suggestions, ideas, recommendations or critiques that you might have that will help us make the sailing school the best it can be. Think about the overall sailing school program, but also comment more specifically on the support and training available to you, the course schedule and offerings, the staff recognition, the working conditions, or anything else that comes to mind. On behalf of our students, we thank you for all of the time, dedication and effort that you put into making our sailing school successful. We also thank you for completing this survey in an honest and professional manner.