PROMYS for Teachers Alum Survey -
This survey is designed to serve five purposes:
1) To maintain contact with alums so we can build a broad PROMYS for Teachers alum community.
2) To find out what everyone is currently doing. This will also enable us to generate some outcome statistics about the past 23+ years of the program.
3) To find out how alums feel about their experiences at PROMYS now a little time, or a lot of time, has passed.
4) To give us descriptions of PfT from the perspective of those who have gone through the program, to give prospective participants as good an understanding as possible of what to expect.
5) To help us fundraise for PfT by giving us quotes and testimonials we can use in our funding proposals.
Aggregated data from this survey may be shared; no individual’s name or identifying information will appear without prior consent.
We really appreciate your input. We know you're extremely busy.
Your Contact Information
Name when at PROMYS, if different
"Permanent" email address, such as Gmail or Yahoo, if applicable
Address Line 2
State / Province / Region
Postal / Zip Code
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Indian Ocean Territory
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Virgin Islands, British
Virgin Islands, U.S.
PROMYS for Teachers
When did you attend PROMYS for Teachers? (This is for verification purposes)
How did you first hear of PROMYS for Teachers?
Whether or not you remained in teaching, please tell us what impact, if any, PfT had on you. Do you feel you benefited from attending? If so, in what ways?
DO YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE A TESTIMONIAL?
If so, please either write below or tell us we may share your responses to one or more of the questions on this survey.
Are you interested in participating in a PfT alum community?
Please check all the following which are of interest:
An online PfT alum community
Reunions at BU or elsewhere
The occasional newsletter
Mentoring or networking
Having access to a PfT alum directory
Contacting specific people you met at PROMYS
Invitations to math talks and discussions
Please list any degrees you have earned (or are working on), with dates.
Please list any awards, certificates or other qualifications, with dates.
Do you plan further formal study or to acquire any additional qualifications?
Please let us know your current occupation
Educational administrator - please specify below
Math-related job - please specify below
Student - please specify below
Other - please specify below
Please describe your current occupation.
Do you plan to remain in your current occupation for at least the next year or two?
What, in essence, are your long-term professional goals?
Please describe your career path/work history
Please rate your professional life overall: 10 (highly fulfilling) to 1 (personally unsatisfying).
10 - highly fulfilling
1 - personally unsatisfying
Your Teaching Experiences - Past and Present
How long had you taught before you first attended PfT?
For how long did you teach after your first summer at PfT?
If you are teaching now, at what school do you teach? Please include city and state.
At what other schools have you taught? Please include cities, states and years.
What courses/grade levels have you taught? Please indicate current courses, if any.
Who have your students been? Please check all that apply.
High school students
Middle school students
Elementary school students
Adults (non teachers)
Have your classes included many of the following?
Under-represented minority students
Special education students
English as second language students
Other grouping - please specify below
Please add any details here about the student populations you teach or have taught.
Have you been nominated for, or did you win, any recognition for your teaching?
If so, please specify below, with dates.
IMPACT OF PROMYS for TEACHERS - What impact, if any, do you think PfT had on you and your teaching?
Mathematics at PfT
a) Did you enjoy the mathematics you did at PfT?
b) Did PfT cause you to deepen your mathematical understanding?
c) If you had a personal and meaningful engagement with mathematics at PfT, was this a new experience for you?
d) Did you struggle with any of the mathematics at PfT (we aim to stretch everyone beyond his or her comfort zone) and, if so, was that an effective learning experience for you as a teacher?
e) Have you noticed yourself grow as a mathematician since your time at PROMYS?
f) Since attending PfT, have you spent more time doing and talking about mathematics and do you think this is helpful to you, to your colleagues and to your students?
g) Have your experiences at PROMYS helped you to develop strong mathematical practices and habits of mind?
In what ways, if any, do you think you are teaching mathematics differently since attending PfT?
a) Do you employ inquiry and PROMYS-like instruction in your classroom?
b) Do you provide authentic mathematical experiences that convey structure and coherence?
c) After experiencing PfT, are you more inclined to appreciate struggle as a useful, sometimes necessary, precursor to deeper understanding?
d) Since PfT, do you more often ask students to describe their mathematical ideas to peers and teacher in class discussions, in writing and/or in oral presentations?
e) Since PfT, do you more often resist the temptation to provide answers/explanations up front? Do you instead encourage students to figure it out and come up with answers, explanations, new questions and possible applications on their own?
f) Since PfT, does your teaching put greater emphasis on encouraging students to persevere in solving challenging problems rather than giving up if they don’t find a solution right away?
g) Do you encourage other teachers to use PROMYS-like discovery methods in their classrooms?
What impact, if any, has your participation in PfT had on student learning or interest in math?
a) Since PfT, are you better able to help students develop strong mathematical practices and habits of mind?
b) Was PfT instrumental in enabling you to help students make sense of mathematics and see connections among big mathematical ideas?
c) Do you feel PfT helped you encourage appreciation, enthusiasm, and love of mathematics in your students?
d) Are more of your students expressing interest in STEM topics and/or careers?
We welcome any and all examples to support your responses to any of the questions above.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT US TO KNOW? What were the most or least helpful elements of PROMYS for you? Do you have any comments or suggestions?
Optional: Nationality and native language(s)
Optional: With what race(s) or ethnicity(ies) do you identify?
Your Online Presence
Do you wish to share a link to your personal or professional website?
If you write a blog, do you wish to share a link to it?
If you use Facebook, do you wish to share a link to your profile? We also invite you to friend Promys Alum.
If you use LinkedIn, do you wish to share a link to your profile?
We know how busy you are and very much appreciate your responses. We will work to ensure they are used to benefit teachers and PfT.
After clicking the "Submit" button, you should be redirected to the PfT Overview page. If you are not, please check for error messages in your Alum Survey (such as a required field which has not been completed). After making any necessary adjustments, please again click the "Submit" button.
You will receive an email with a copy of your responses.
THANK YOU! We hope to see you soon at PROMYS or at an alum event.
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