Sunday, June 21, 2009

Mr. Silva-Brown's Report Card, Part Two "What recommendations would you give Mr. Silva-Brown" 2009 edition

Here are all my recommendations, live and uncut, from my students. 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 italics.

-more Model UN's
-don't care about what people are wearing. If they're wearing it, they like it. (I had a bit of a battle at the end of the year with women letting it all hang out. For the most part they would find a sweater, but they would wear it again and again).
-more simulations
-don't be so harsh on those that go on once-in-a-lifetime trips
-nothing specific
-more class discussions
-more issues and more discussions
-get over the dress code. It's the 21st century.
-keep the class going
-stop trying to be funny
-stop being so touchy
-keep giving constant quizzes. They really helped me on tests.
-more fun activities
-go over things more
-I have none
-eliminate group projects. They are a waste of valuable time and student's don't consume student presented information (I'm becoming less and less of a fan of student presented group information. I don't mind group work with a goal, but to have students research and present was counter productive).
-just keep with what you are doing
-you performed well
-don't fool around so much. People don't listen afterwards.
-none
-none
-lighter cell phone punishment (another bone of contention, the damn cell phone.)
-more simulations
-let us eat
-not so strict on cell phones
-give your opinion
-more activities
-keep the pace up
-more Model UN
-make students feel more comfortable so they can have a positive learning environment
-don't favor "favorites" (something I noticed in my Advanced Placement class was the term "favorites" being bantered around. After talking to other teachers, I came to the realization that I focused on those students paying attention, and didn't try to engage those students that didn't seem to care. It wasn't like college prep where I had to bring the unengaged up. I expected you to already be "up". )
-watch Van Damn movies before you say he sucks (he still sucks)
-change food and cell phone policies
-keep up good work
-post homework on the wall or something
-work on your singing voice
-spell things correctly and work on your "r's"
-teach the state capitals
-be a little more open and less aggressive so quieter people can participate more
-offer extra credit
-interact a few more
-none
-more homework
-more jeopardy
-little more lenient on late work and stuff.
-more activities and less notes. Most people copy them down and never look at them again.
-flashcards?
-Change eating and cell phone policy
-talk louder
-more group work
-less notes, more "work-work", and more class projects
-get singing lessons
-loosen up
-Less sidetracked and cover more material. More homework.
-I couldn't hear the announcements
-Don't stress, you're doing great
-less talking before tests and hand them out sooner
-don't have any
-Not much, except get grades online quicker
-More flexibility in rules
-stop yelling
-be more open to the possibility that some of the questions have multiple answers
-teach lessons quicker in the beginning so the end of the year is not rushed
-create a study guide for the AP's.
-supply paper for all your quizzes
-more homework
-let us eat in class
-none
-I recommend that you let us eat in class
-turn off AC
-I don't know
-teach AI next year
-NA
-don't hate short people
-??
-Update online grades more.
-little more homework
-buy a Dodgers hat
-Nothing that I could thing of
-Don't be such a college style professor, we are high school students after all (don't take AP level classes if you don't like the college approach)
-more info online
-less loud powerpoints
-making hasty generalizations makes an ass out of everyone
-teach U.S. after the AP test
-give your students old tests to study for the AP test
-if most of the class gets a problem wrong, you might be wrong.
-stock project was not graded fairly
-too long for grades to get online
-more organization
-less loud voice
-be more understanding of student struggles
-be more approachable and don't turn everything into a joke
-be more understanding and not penalizing for scholarship interviews and they cannot make up a test on a particular day (ok, one thing we don't do well in our schools is to make kids deal with time management. I would never penalize a kid for a scholarship interview, but the student needs to follow the policies of making up work. I give flexibility in dealing with school, but making my classwork the last priority is unrealistic. Even if some event happens in my life, I'm still going to have come back and do my job.)
-recognize that you give special treatment to certain students and that does affect those that don't
-Get a new Comp Gov book. Ours is boring.
-More time on review.
-keep showing news
-more doughnuts and give extra credit movies
-get a nice smile and stop lowering grades when students are talking or eating. It just pisses people off.
-Space out homework more. You would give lots of work, then go a week without it.
-phrase your questions better so we can give you a clear answer
-Don't be so uptight about deadlines. I walked in a few minutes late and you wouldn't accept my stock project.
-explain projects better
-none
-Be nicer to the underclassmen
-a better barber
-Let kids decide the time to make up the quiz during the next day
-more about World War One
-more students involved, less power points
-not so many quizzes, more homework
-ummmm dunno
-stop shaving your head
-explain things more
-more lax on the cell phone thing
-stay the same
-nothing
-did great
-change desks around
-helpful games
-Keep working on improving power points
-More homework will boost student grades
-keep doing it
-Don't alienate students with your sense of humor
-more friendly
-give more homework
-more homework
-create a year outline and stick to it
-Don't cut your hair short ever again
-less social life stories, nobody cares
-Set up Jeopardy before class so we don't have to waste time
-Keep putting weekly agenda on the blog
-None
-Don't take cell phones for so long
-Keep doing what you are doing
-power points are boring, more hands on things
-Ah?
-Nothing
-It's good
-Yelling does not get your point across
-stop trying to actively bring down people's grades
-Let students eat in class. We had food celebrations in ********'s class and they were more understanding.
-Be more flexible with answers. The class got it wrong and it isn't their fault.
-You have a grading bias towards people that like you. Even the "goofballs" are here to learn and pass the AP test.
-Watch the sarcasm. It can come off as mean.

And there you have the student recommendations.
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