We are interested in your priorities for your classroom. We know that classroom life is fast-paced and challenging, requiring you to prioritize some beliefs and practices over others. The purpose of the TBQ is to better understand your priorities.

On the next screen you’ll see a stack of 20 cards. You can drag and drop these cards using your mouse. On the top of the screen you’ll see five categories ranging from “lowest priority” to “highest priority” characteristics of your beliefs. Drag each card into the category that best matches your beliefs.

Here is the tricky part: when you are done, you must have exactly four cards in each category. The screen will show you how many cards are currently in each category to help you out.

When you reach an arrangement that is satisfactory (with four cards per category), the button on the upper right will turn green indicating you can click on the “done” button to finish.

We realize all of these statements may be important to you. We are trying to understand your priorities. Even if all the statements are important to you, place those that are least important in the lower categories and those that are the most important in the higher categories.

We realize that the ordering may not be a perfect representation of your opinion. Some teachers have expressed frustration in completing this exercise. We understand the difficulty in completing the Q-Sorts. Our advice is not to spend more than 20 minutes with each Q-Sort exercise. In other words, you do not need to spend additional time second guessing your answers. Please try to keep your sense of humor about this!

Tip: To make this task easier, you might want to start by sorting the cards underneath the low, medium and high anchor cards. Then, look through the piles to further divide them into the five groups.


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