Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mr. Silva-Brown’s Report Card, Part Two: “What recommendations would you give Mr. Silva-Brown”, 2012 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.

-Explain Politica more or not do it at all. (Politica was a world that revolved around an international relations simulation that I did for my AP Comp Gov students after the AP test.  They were totally engaged but as with every complex simulation, it can be rough the first time through.  This will be better next year.)

-Don’t be such a hard ass on quizzes.

-Give the class a better understanding of Comp Gov. Instead of a quiz a chapter, give quizzes on sections and more time to prepare. (An AP Senior should easily do 10 pages in two days and be ready for a quiz.  Enjoy college.)

-Don’t punish people for travelling.  (So here’s the deal, I don’t care if students travel.  However, and this includes Advanced Placement, you are responsible for all work that you miss when you leave.  The information is in the text, online, and available from friends.  If you don’t know the work, that is your issue.  E-mail questions to me.  Ask.  By the way, students that go away for trips do e-mail me asking questions or clarifying information.  That’s why they are good students.)

-Treat next year’s class better.

-Compare quizzes to the notes or homework you gave us.

-None.  Keep doing what you are doing.

-Cut down on Power Points.

-Don’t only get news from PBS.  Get online providers like RT for example.  And Senior year is tough.  Cut us some slack every once in awhile. (This eval was quite hilarious. It insisted that all my media was bias, that students and teachers are complete equals, that Senioritis had priority over academics, and that 9/11 was a conspiracy.  It was also the first time a student actually said “Fuck You” in their eval to me.  However only a couple of  lines higher in the eval it says “you are good at teaching”.)

-Be nice please.  I understand that it is not in your personality but just try. 

-Be more organized and give back tests and projects promptly.  (I’m deservedly going to catch hell from my APUSH class because I was nearly as prompt as I should have been in handing back FRQ’s later in the semester.)

-Learn to iron.

-Get a new haircut.

-Frame the “Serious Silva-Brown’s” photo. (Three students took a “Senior Friends/Siblings” picture for the yearbook known as the Serious Silva-Brown’s.  The three are supposedly my children, with glasses and all, topped with a very concentrated glare.  It is classic and it is in the yearbook.)

-You seem discouraging of liberals and environmentalists.  If those are your views, hide them better. (This makes me happy.  I’ve been called a hater of every political persuasion this year and it works out so well.  Since I’m a teacher I must be a liberal, except that I wear a tie so I must be a conservative, except that I play both sides so I must be an equal opportunity offender.  By the way, I’m an economist, and therefore the ultimate environmentalist.)

-Teach before quizzes for better understanding.

-make it more accessible for students to find out what they missed.

-Avoid trying to be funny.

-Organize the class so there is less cramming before the AP test. (Tell me about it.)

-The stick is too long.

-The quizzes have unnecessary questions.

-Learn when to lay off.

-Be more lenient and learn to spell.

-Work with us more individually.

-Study guides for tests.

-Don’t be so harsh with tardies.

-Don’t wear yellow.

-Be more lenient and allow students to re-take tests.

-Grow a soul.  Just kidding.

-Don’t be vague and spread out the reading.

-Talk about real countries instead of Politica.

-Start Politica earlier.  It would have been more fun if it weren’t rushed.

-Give a brief overview of what will be on quizzes and focus on outside reading.  The book is outdated.

-Return stuff in a more timely manner.

-Do more activities.

-Go over the chapter before you do quizzes.

-Be a tad bit nicer.

-Give back tests faster and make the quizzes easier.

-More organized.

-Get stuff up on time all the time.

-Don’t be so specific on homework assignments.  People got zeros on assignments because they didn’t type them.  At least give partial credit for doing the work. (This is the kind of bogus attitude that seems to be permeating our society.  I did it wrong so I should get partial credit for ignoring the basic instruction “I will not accept it if it isn’t typed.”  How about following instructions.)

-Don’t make it so hard.

-No idea.

-Less talking.

-Cut down on intense humor.

-More Jeopardy, especially before Finals. 

-More group activities.

-Do better at entering grades.  Just because it is late doesn’t mean you don’t enter them in a timely fashion.

-More homework in Economics.

-Nope.

-Nothing.  You’re perfect.

-Less lecture.

-Don’t cram before AP test.

-Don’t take everything so seriously.  Explore the universe.

-Nothing.

-Don’t say that everything is on Edmodo because that is a lie.

-Stop wearing see-through shirts.

-Explain certain things better.

-Have more group projects and discussions.  It makes it easier for an overall, better understanding.

-On projects show more examples on how it can be done.

-Be more understanding to students that try.

-Easier quizzes and more hands-on activities.

-Be stricter with people who don’t pay attention or distract other students.

-All your shirts are cool except the yellow shirt.

-Keep doing what you are doing.

-Give your opinion.

-To much writing notes.

-Go over things on the quiz right before we take the quiz.

-Extend the amount of time needed to complete projects. 

-Loosen up.

-Count the ballots.

-Don’t give really long power points.  The get really boring after awhile.

-Advise students on how you think we will do on the AP exam.

-Looking good

-Give FRQ’s back quicker and give more comments.

-Try being nicer.

-First time you assign a Prezi, give us an extra day to figure out how to use it. 

-If you require that something needs to be typed, remind us that we might lose points.

-Decorate your room.  It’s looks so 90’s.

-Less projects and more lecture.

-More “one question” quizzes that seem to better prove we know each section.

-Be more angelic.

-More group projects and presentations.

-Give more homework.

-Explain the last part of Economics better and show more examples.

-We need to know about quizzes a week ahead of time. 

-Have more cats on the board.

-More time for projects and remind us more about homework.

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-Be more lenient with make-up quiz and missing homework policy.  Don’t be such a hard ass if we simply forget.

-Be nicer sometimes.  You can be a little scary.

-Be easier and more accepting of general answers on tests/quizzes.

-More large review sections.

-I’m in no position to give advice.

-Less confusing questions on quizzes.

-None.

-I really have no suggestions except yellow, see-through shirts.  Great teacher with a refreshing way to get material across.

-More homework and less quizzes.

-More homework because it was hard to keep up with quizzes and classwork.

-Not a lot.  Maybe just a little more time on projects.

-Stop yelling.

-Make sure students pay attention.

-Have a plan B in case plan A fails because of technology.

-Do the daily news on the computer because the VCR sound and visual sucked.

-Count the freaking ballots.

-Send more people out.  They should get one warning and then they are gone.

-Don’t mess with my cooking skills.

-More homework and worksheets to complete, not just information and notes.

-Count the ballots.

-Get more ties.

-Slow down on the Power Points so students can write things down.

-Don’t talk so loud and don’t stare down students.  You get intimidating.

-More extra credit.

-Iron your shirts.

-Ease up on accents and stupid jokes.

-Do something other than Jeopardy to study for a test.

-Smile more.  Compliment more students on their work. 

-Nope, but I want a waffle party in class.

-Give more days to make-up a test.

-Get work back to students faster and make students that have not seen Star Wars watch it.

-Loved the class and can’t think of anything.

-More class discussions and less projects.  Require notes and make students turn them in.

-Make it required to take notes.  Students will do better in class if they have notes about the reading.

-Teach Economics first, then Government.

-Focus more on the news.  It is great insight.

-Not much.  More homework would be nice, maybe an extra minute for quizzes.

-Get the elbow in on your jumper.

-Honestly, be more strict with your students.

-More homework and less quizzes.

-More colorful shirts.

-Don’t take points off when we shoot paper balls at the garbage can.

-Mmmmm…..nada.

-Nothing really.

-Let students eat in class.

-Count the ballots.

And there you have it.

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