Relation between Clear Aims and Teacher Satisfaction
It is known that teachers who have clear aims for their lessons also reach more satisfactory results, and this includes classes that involve technology. However, it is important to better describe the concept of clear aims, and even of productive aims. Here we analyze the kinds of objectives that rendered 70 teachers very satisfied, satisfied or unsatisfied when using the Alfabeto program (E-Blocks) for two months in 10 Pre-schools in São Paulo, Brazil, in more than 1,000 classes. We found out that the teachers who were very satisfied with their classes (44%) had clear and precise aims, which focused on the step-by-step development of their students. Satisfied teachers (48%) tended to copy their aims from lesson plans, and to focus on their own work as teachers instead of on their students’ development. Unsatisfied teachers (8%) formulated extremely broad aims that could never be accomplished in one class, or they focused on the learning of letters instead of more meaningful topics for children. These results help us guide teachers to better plan their classes, especially when using technological devices. These resources tend to be very motivating themselves, but render much better results when its use is adequately planned.
Keywords: Satisfaction, Aims, Technology, Alfabeto, Planning
Dr. Betina von Staa
Research Coordinator, Educational Technology, Positivo Informática