Sunday, June 06, 2010

Mr. Silva-Brown's Report Card, Part Two "What recommendations would you give Mr. Silva-Brown" 2010 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.

-Don't prove your power over students, instead provide a better opportunity to learn.
-Connect with students, don't penalize them.
-Loose the totalitarianism.
-Realize that you are a teacher, not an enforcer.
-Don't take yourself so seriously.
-Be more fair.
-Help students review for the AP.  It's your job.
-you're kinda bi-polar.
-take jokes as readily as you dish them out.
-not as many power points and do more every day
-less power points and more presidential policies
-less power points and more interactive things (If you noticed, the last few comments have been about excessive power points.  I'm trying to figure out how to get the massive amount of  info to the students in APUSH while still maintaining a decent timeline.  It is not easy.)
-more ways of relaying information in class
-teach both classes the same thing
-find more outside sources other than lecture and book.
-review for AP test sooner
-give more homework and don't base entire grade on tests and quizzes (I'm finding that more and more students have a love/hate relationship with "busy work".  I'm also finding more and more teachers are using it as a method to grade inflate.  Sure, students can get the useless work complete, but does it actually show good knowledge?)
-more group assignments
-none
-Explain things slower
-Shorter lectures and more Jeopardy (Jeopardy is used to review for tests.  It is very popular)
-have a little more fun in class
-more essays and projects
-cover material faster for AP review
-speed up the pace and review
-Better timing and more busy work
-be friendly without the sarcasm (I actually asked the question "Is Mr. Silva-Brown's sarcasm detrimental to learning" on the sheet this year.  99% said it made the class more fun and made students keep focused.  Remember, I teach Seniors.)
-more normal assignments and more discussion
-be nicer to athletes
-don't yell at 7:30 in the morning
-Don't cram so much in before  the AP
-better note vs. activity time management
-more homework
-more projects
-don't take points off for not reading during Silent Reading Time
-less lecture and more homework
-be more understanding to people's issues
-less sarcasm
-more even time with each country
-less info we already know and more info we don't.
-switch quizzes for classes
-don't yell at 7:30 in the morning
-more real homework.  I'm not good at quizzes and tests.
-more outside sources and a fuller review, more homework
-more discussion
-more homework and more idea what to study for (it's Advanced Placement.  Guessing exactly what to prepare for is tough)
-chill out
-keep up the good work on the court and the classroom
-more homework
-more understanding to students and give them the  benefit of the doubt
-have a kid
-eat less
-learn to say "bears", not "berrs"
-move to different subjects faster
-workout more
-don't give notes to students five days in a row without a break
-none
-be more lenient on tardies
-have quizzes after we answer questions on the reading
-improve jeopardy
-clearer on jeopardy
-the whole class is not a joke
-get things done sooner
-did a good job overall
-make killer vocab mandatory before AP
-don't leave Mexico to the last minute
-involve everyone
-go over countries more evenly and have more discussions
-more time on Mexico, keep jeopardy and killer vocab
-more  compassion
-lecture, then read
-more homework
-spread out the information more evenly, don't cram
-can't think of any
-none
-keep up the good work
-have more hands on assignments
-pass back work, post grades, and don't be so loud in the morning
-less power points
-not so much straight lecture
-review more
-less lecture
-give information evenly and don't cram at the end
-get through the book sooner and don't cram
-more interactive in class
-expand study guides
-focus more on picture interpretation
-don't say just kidding after jokes
-more depth in lectures
-more homework
-stay in touch with me
-use technology more and liven up power points
-review more and have a day to discuss
-don't be so harsh on people that come in late regularly
-have more homework
-spend more time on third world countries
-stress the killer vocab
-give more articles to read instead of the book
-don't hit my desk when I fall asleep
-allow food and parties
-get new glass frames
-let journalism students take your students during class
-i dunno
-stop making underclassmen cry
-erase your board better
-be nice to the T.A.'s
-not sure
-more approachable
-none...all good
-give more homework
-teach more towards the AP test
-more organized time allotment
-give a little slack. the reading load was ridiculous
-keep it lighthearted and recruit more students
-continue the music presentations, don't spend so long on pre-revolutionary America, and keep the power points with the chapter we are reading.
-more homework
-make notes more uniform
-none
-less quizzes
-ease up, except that's what makes Brown, Brown.
-none
-go a little slower
-I know you joke, but you never know  who you might hurt
-don't do group projects
-post power points online
-treat everyone equally
-none
-none
-I don't find you boring, but let me sleep in class when I'm tired.
-go over things a little more
-I like what you are doing, don't change anything.
-none
-I liked the class as is
-tad more homework
-if you know someone is in danger of failing, you should reach out to them
-I love it, but some would prefer less verbal swordplay.  Then again, I have no problem with it.
-don't offend people
-discuss more third world nations in Comp Gov
-more current news and more videos from other countries
-lighten up on your rules
-little less sarastic
-killer vocab before the ap test
-screen your students better, some should not be in AP
-take more time for the third world
-nothing, he is fine
-treat everyone the same
-none
-don't talk so loud
-more extra credit and easier tests
-you're great, but more extra credit would be better
-don't pick on the little kids
-none
-model u.n.!

And there you have it.

 
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