Sunday, June 18, 2006

Mr. Silva-Brown's Report Card, Part Two "What recommendations would you give Mr. Silva-Brown"

Here are all my recommendations, to the letter, from my Seniors. I'm leaving none out, however some students did not fill out every category, which is why the numbers will not be the same. My comments are in parentheses.
-When it comes to sarcasm, try a different approach. (Ok, I am pretty sarcastic when it comes to teaching Seniors. That is simply my little attempt at humor. To be honest, it works really well when you have build a group of students that have fun with it. One period was a blast because we all knew it was a big joke and had fun with it. However, that small 10% doesn't either get the humor, or actually takes offense to it. I'm still trying to find the balance, being nurturing on one hand, and being fun and sarcatic.)
-Quit picking on students that go on short term independent study. (I don't pick on them, I straight out let them know that most Seniors that go on second semester short term independent study usually get hammered with grades. Parents hate it, students hate it, but I don't beat around the bush.)
-We're not in collge yet, so accept late work for lower points.
-Don't be such a jerk about excused absences. (If I didn't have so many, I wouldn't)
-Give us advice on our grades, even if we don't ask.
-When you goof off, you set a bad example.
-Stop yelling.
-Don't make fun of people, it is a waste of time.
-You grade at an AP level, but this isn't an AP class. (Note to student, if I graded at an AP level, you would know it.)
-Don't be such a hard-ass, this isn't an honors class.
-Make sure that everyone understands.
-Nothing, keep doing what you are doing.
-Buy the class ear plugs. (I have a loud, booming voice. I get a little noisy)
-Don't avoid graphs when teaching Economics. (I tried to teach Economics this year with visually changing the Supply and Demand curves. For the most part, it worked. It worked real well with Intro. But other learn different and need the visual.)
-Make the class more intellectually stimulating.
-Give out Econ Expo earlier. (Next year, I will)
-Make it more clear to your classes that late work is not excepted. (You mean constant reminders, bold letters in the class policy, and the sign in the classroom aren't enough?)
-Less power points and more jokes
-Stop with the power trip
-Don't be a teacher simply in the 50 minute class time, if a students needs something, help them.
-No Power Point Notes
-Pass back more assignments. (I leave most in a class bin in the back of the classroom. 90% of the students never even look at it. I pass back graded notes, essays and tests.)
-Lay off country music. (No, it sucks)
-Spread out the Econ Expo.
-Give more notice for big projects.
-Give more days for big projects.
-Stop making your room smell like popcorn.
-Be more leinent about late work.
-Be a little more understanding about late work.
-None.
-Play more Wheat Market game.
-Nothing, your doing good.
-More trivia. (In my Intro classes, I do trivia for the last minute or two, 2-3 times a week. The person with the most correct answers at the end of the week got 2 extra credit points. You would not believe the number of Intro kids that often said that they showed up to school simply to play trivia!)
-Give more homework.
-Be nice.
-Ease up on your tardy policy. (Coming from a student that was tardy 2-3 times a week.)
-You're intimitating with your big, loud voice.
-Less notes and more homework.
-Say what you mean.
-Get a new laptop. (You buying?)
-Do more updates to the webpage (I lost patience with the techinical aspect of the page.)
-Bump Mac Dre (Hell no. New age rap sucks ass. Public Enemy baby!!!!)
-Slow down with notes.
-Less work at the end of the year.
-Keep telling students to remain on top of their work.
-No power points.
-More rough drafts for Econ Expo and a clearer timeline.
-Don't talk so fast.
-Make baskets.
-Ease up on grading.
-Organize Econ Expo better.
-This is a college prep class. Give more homework.
-A little less notes.
-More time on Econ Expo.
-Make tests harder.
-Demand more from students.
-Econ Expo is a waste.
-Make it less fun.
-You don't assign much homework.
-Don't ever show the Grandma investing video again!
-Keep having fun.
-Stay with overhead notes, not power point
-Don't make some assignments due the next day.
-Don't do power points.
-Grade make-up work quicker.
-Talk in a lower tone.
-Don't know
-Um, I think the class was fun.
-Make sure students are involved.
-I don't think there are any.
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-Don't have attendance quizzes.
-Have a nicer look on your face.
-More homework.
-Keep up the good work
-Don't give in like most teachers.
-I like the class.
-A new news guy (What??? I like Jim Leher) Throw in ESPN.
-No power points.
-Give work more time to be turned in.
-More excitment into the work.
-Don't let your guard down.
-Keep on Keepin on.
-Keep doing what you are doing.
-Do less quizzes.
-Keep doing what you are doing.
-Use Tinker Bell instead of Barbie (Opportunity Cost lesson)
-No
-Give more review so students don't complain.
-Relax
-You're too strict
-Get a better hair cut
-No last minute projects.
-Class was fine.
-Burn your Sacramento Kings poster.
-Give your opinion more so we can relate better.
-Everything was fine.
-Stop using German in class.
-Slower notes
-Homework should be worth more
-More opportunities for extra credit
-Clarify Econ Expo better
-Make notes bigger.
-Get a better wardrobe
-Better handwriting
-Be nice to the attendance people.
-Be more helpful with make-up work.
-Less quizzes.
-More stuff on actual investing.
-Make Econ Expo clearer.
-Smile more
-Don't be so harsh on tardies
-Keep the news
-Keep teaching!
-More field trips
-More hands on projects
-Less power points
-No Power Points as notes
-Use more videos
-Stop taking away points for being tardy
-Stop showing the news.
-No power points
-Don't talk so loud
-Do that field trip again
-Don't diss on country.
-Let people turn things in late, especially if it is the same day.
-More review for tests.
-Watch more movies
-Don't grade so hard.
-Go slower with notes
-Give more individual help
-None really
-Let us do more extra credit
-No
-Give more time for Econ Expo

And there were all my recommendations.
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