What kind of impact is GAFE having on student learning and teacher instruction? To find out, high-school English teacher Adam Schoenbart designed and implemented a study at Ossining (NY) High School (OHS), surveying both teachers and students about their experiences using GAFE. His key findings include:
● Students are learning from GAFE at OHS, but through a range of different classroom experiences. Students report that only 37% of teachers use the tools regularly and 50% never use GAFE.
● The use of GAFE is growing significantly. Fifty-eight percent of students think teachers are using GAFE more this year and 52% think it’s more important to their learning.
● Some students, and even more teachers, are undecided about GAFE’s impact. Few disagree with the positive benefits, but among teachers there’s an especially large undecided population—an average of 41%.
● More students recognize the positive impact of GAFE when their teachers have received training to implement it in the classroom.
● Only 35% of teachers feel prepared to use GAFE effectively in their classrooms. Both teachers and students report the need for teacher training and opportunities to learn to implement GAFE effectively.
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