Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mr. Silva-Brown’s Report Card, Part Three: What were things that Mr. Silva-Brown did well? 2013 edition

Next, all the things, word for word, that the students thought that I did well.

-I really don’t know

-Politica, propaganda poster. (Politica is a simulation for my AP Comparative Government students after the AP test.  Hat tip to John Unruh-Friesen and Brock Tessman)

-Had ok sense of humor.  At least you tried, that’s what counts.  Amount of homework and classwork.

-Captured the classes attention and made the subject matter relatable and relevant.

-Lectures were very helpful and worked well.  Per Se Court forces people to learn material and helps remember it. (Per Se Courts are small debates that take place every 10 days or so. They really worked well for AP students.  Still trying to figure out if I want to move it to college prep.)

-Kept class focused and entertaining as well.

-News

-Made class fun and interactive for students to enjoy.  The class was loose while still being serious. (This is pretty much what I want to hear)

-Explaining political dilemmas and relating with the class.

-Explaining slight differences in terms.

-I liked that the class was hands on with learning.  The games were fun and helpful, and Jeopardy was always a good way to review.

-Interacted well with students.  Made things easy to understand.

-Brought interesting information, used real life examples, and did fun activities to help us learn.  Liked the buying and selling grain activity with the charts. (Some people know this as Apple Cart or Baseballs. Used to discuss price creation and foundations of the free market.  Find a collection on Amazon)

-Explained concepts, made learning fun, taught lessons well.

-Taught quite well and was easy to understand

-Had us ask questions.  Talked to us.

-Jeopardy, power points, supplemental information such as articles

-The Per Se Courts were always fun. The project were fun and brought the class together.  The short videos were always interesting and power points were always on point.  Your humor made me not sleep during class.  The fact that you take phones away for 24 hrs make me not take out my phone in class. 

-Your lectures are especially good, and Jeopardy.

-The lectures were great and the breakdown into groups really helped.  I actually loved the class discussions and how personally interactive those were.  The quizzes also kept up the pacing.

-Slides, comments, jokes, Clinton voice, projects, online readings.

-Pace of the class were steady and stable.

-Power Points helped so much!  Loved reading Persepolis.

-I found the Power Points were a great method for learning and asking questions.  Jeopardy is excellent review.  The news is also good.

-Slide shows, Jeopardy, the way topics were covered clicked with my learning style.

-The Per Se Courts were fun.  I loved almost all activities.

-Not a lot of homework is nice.

-Jeopardy really helped me before tests.

-I enjoyed watching the news everyday and you taught in a way that kept everyone’s attention. 

-Really good lectures.  Did a good job involving the class.

-I really like the way you teach.  You make it easy to understand.

-Lectures, notes, and class discussions.

-You were funny and every day you were happy to teach the class.  It was a good experience.

-Things that he taught were taught with a passion for the subject.

-Jokes in the class and slides made it really fun.  Felt like an ongoing group because of all the ongoing jokes throughout the year.

-Covered everything and explained it well.

-Test

-Explained things

-Teaching style in general is the best that I experienced.  I learned more in this class than in any other class. 

-Good teacher.  Taught things well.

-I felt like you related to us as people more than any other teachers.  You tried to make learning fun and you tried to put things into perspective with things we knew about and could relate to.

-Kept class awake and interested.

-Very well done lectures.  Felt like I learned well enough.

-Make bad movie references, stay on task, not get overwhelmed, teach, strut, wear a tie, show the news, dance.

-Making the class interesting.

-Made learning entertaining.  Interacted with students.

-Really had my attention most of the time and his teaching is really fun.  He actually teaches you something.

-Always giving examples throughout all the lectures and re-explaining if we were confused.

-Propaganda poster, politica, short videos

-Jeopardy, lectures (best on campus), quizzes force you to study on nightly basis.

-News

-Per Se Courts were really effective in expanding our knowledge.  Include more!  Also, I really liked your videos which kept the subject matter fresh and in our heads.

-Presenting the Supreme Court cases, Jeopardy, and class lectures.

-Per Se Courts, which I didn’t realize at the time are basically oral FRQs.  I realized at the end of the year that I truly mastered the info/topics we debated.

-One pagers, group projects, Per Se Courts

-Per Se Courts (FRQs) and One Pagers (Outside Information)

-Debates

-Videos.  He broke the stress/serious barrier.

-Power Points, class discussions, Politica

-He got us to write good notes.

-Kept us informed of what’s going on in the world, good notes, good videos, few tests, few homework.

-Got to the point.

-Always tries his best to answer questions

-Explained everything we studied really well.

-Good teaching.  Made things very clear while working well with students.

-Different way of teaching.  New way of learning.

-Teaching, Jeopardy, activities

-Respect

-Knew exactly what he was talking about.  Very well informed.  Didn’t show bias towards either political party.

-Lectures work.  As long as you honestly listen and take brief notes, you can understand everything taught.

-Explained what was going to be on quizzes and tests.

-Teach, and dress nice.

-You were able to get what you were trying to teach into my head and I learned.

-You were really good at helping me to understand when I didn’t get it.

-Yell

-Criticize, explain, discuss, hate on Farmer’s Market

-Being able to drift off topic a little and still learn something.

-Practice for the AP test helped but I enjoyed the lectures.

-Most power points, helping explain Supply and Demand, yelled, taught, made fun of me, answered all questions about the news

-Explained things and went into detail really well.

-Everything

-Teaching, funny, wasn’t boring, made learning fun

-The videos that supplemented our learning, watching British PM’s Questions, group projects.

-Per Se Courts and group projects, and videos.

-The lectures are good information dumps and go into depth.  I don’t remember a lot of them.

-I enjoyed the Power Points as they summed up what we had read the night before.  Also jokes and videos

-Quizzes and FRQs

-Everything

-Power Points

-Per Se Courts

-Per Se Courts

-Daily quizzes were good.  And the Per Se Courts always made me feel better about what we were learning.

-Being girlie and whipped.

-Made notes not unbearable by willing to get of topic on occasion, and the news.

-Went over the concepts very well and made them understandable by giving real world examples.

-Told personal stories that helped us connect with you as a person.

-Dress nicely.  You sent people out when they distracted learning.

-He was really into what he does and takes his job serious, which is good for a teacher.  You don’t find that often.

-Gave good examples that made me understand the ideas better.

And there you have it.

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