Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mr. Silva-Brown’s Report Card, Part Two: “What recommendations would you give Mr. Silva-Brown”, 2013 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.

-Do more easy things because this was difficult for me.

-Start making concessions.  It shows benevolent mercy.  Also, if the class is in a furor about a quiz question being ambiguous and can raise reasonable doubt, then you should either change the question or screw it. (A fair point and something that I’m willing to do from time to time.  The problem is (and this is an AP student) that students will start to question anything they can to get an advantage on a grade. I’m willing to concede when you are right, not when you feel like being lazy.

-At times we ramble about pointless things.

-Keep up the good work!

-Humor is appreciated although so still don’t get that you are kidding.  And even though I feel you were unbiased, make sure that students aren’t rude/overbearing so that they drown out other valid points.

-Always teach Seniors!

-Give harder tests. (This has got to be a joke.  I give no scantron tests to Government and Economics students, no multiple-choice.  Students need to prove that they know.  It’s hard.)

-When trying to answer questions that seem arrogant, the condescending attitude discourages others from asking questions in the future, which I think harms their education because it wasn’t “said” and they believe they asked a “dumb” question.  (This is an interesting balance, and if you look back in past evaluations you can see that kids like that I do allow for good discussion.  I’m actually surprised by this one.)

-Send out kids more who are stupid and listen to some good country music.

-Slow down with notes, let people write, then explain.

-Put quiz announcements on board because I have four other classes with homework and I get home late form sports and I can’t always check Edmodo.  (They are always on the board, and getting home late from sports is not an excuse.)

-Assign more Economics homework so students can grasp concepts more.

-Stay the way you are and don’t change your attitude or teaching style.  It was quite fun.

-None

-You are good at holding students accountable but I think sometimes there needs to be a bit more flexibility.

-The plan for the year because we started out hardly reading anything and then we were reading entire chapters in 1 or two days without taking quizzes in between to retain information that we read.

-Update Edline more so people know their grades.

-Be a bit more understanding.  You are not our only teacher.  Unlike you, we don’t live online so we don’t always see it when you post our assignments.  Grade work faster.  (Your entire generation lives online.  You just choose not to visit where I live.)

-More class discussions like those that take place in English.  (Ugh.  Unicorns, rainbows, and fairies.  Tap into our inner most feelings and describe the beautiful fountain of our lives.  Gag me.  We will not have pretty little “English class” discussions.)

-Don’t make people cry.  Slim down.  Whack your stuffed animal. 

-Keep up with correcting tests and handing back work.

-None

-Timely return of assignments, help out students from regular U.S. History more at the beginning of the year, free Politica (our end of the year simulation), cure Senioritis.

-I think you’re doing a fantastic job.

-Slow down on concepts if everyone is not getting it because quizzes are not fair if everyone is confused.

-More classwork so our grade isn’t all about quizzes.

-None whatsoever

-Haha.  Be a little more nice.

-More classwork so our grades aren’t based on all quizzes.

-Be more specific when you teach the class.  Some people understand and some don’t.

-Talk a little more about the Federal Reserve.

-Stories inside the slideshow helped me a lot.  If I couldn’t relate to the slide, it was gone from memory.

-Keep using your style of teaching because it works.  Maybe a little less of an ass but it adds character to the class.

-Notes that actually follow the test.

-Be patient and stay classy.

-A better warning in the beginning of the year about all the sarcastic and sassy comments.

-Nothing.  Keep doing what you are doing.

-Next year Barbie should go to Prom with Robin.  Come on Brown, sometimes the sidekick need to score too!  (Reference to an Opportunity Cost lesson about Barbie choosing a Prom Date.)

-Become varsity coach

-Ease up and don’t blindly enforce rules with no benefit.  Also, don’t tell one student that a test can’t wait, then delay another student for your own personal reasons. 

-Try and be more funny.

-None.  Keep at it!

-Don’t be so harsh.

-Please stop hitting the desk out of nowhere.

-None

-Consider prompt grading and more opportunities for students who miss school.  I had trouble with attendance, and thus my grade suffered in this class, while not in others.  This is not because I didn’t work hard in this class, it’s because of the difficulty I had in understanding when we had quizzes and/or make-up work.  This is the only aspect of the class that is distinctly high school, not college prep.  In accordance with this, I would hope you would consider changing this policy.  (I’ll deal with this in Part 4, because it really deserves its own post.)

-Because the vast majority of our grades are based on daily quizzes, it would be nice to have some other useful assignments to help our grade.  I know that’s not what it’s like in college.  But we need to earn good grades to even get to college.  (You said “earn”.)

-Probably asking a lot.  But if you provide students with in-depth outlines/study guides (with information already in them), that would be a big help.  Often we don’t have time to look it up on our own and looking it up does not help in learning.  If it is already there for us we could use that time to study.  (First, it’s been on Edmodo since the start. Second, you do have time.  You choose not to. Third, yes, looking it up does help to learn.)

-If there was an opportunity to turn in work late that would really help people like me.  If work is done, students deserve some credit. 

-Grade stuff and get it back quicker.  Otherwise, you are fine.

-I agree with all your techniques for teaching APUSH.  However I would recommend that you spend more time on specific events in history rather than speed through Power Points.

-Return tests faster.

-You are very professional.  But I felt that you were more lenient towards a couple of particular students.   

-More check point tests

-More debates, more robot judges, more shacks, and more hot women that are significant to American History.

-You are an all around effective teacher. Be more inspiring on a personal level, or maybe express love.

-More one-on-one with students

-Don’t waste time on the news.

-Let students eat in class

-More reminders of homework.

-Let me sleep

-Everything was good.

-Don’t pick on some students over others.

-Be nicer to all students.

-When someone is looking extremely upset about something and they say they don’t want to talk about it, leave it at that.

-Keep being a brat.

-Nothing.  You are great.

-Don’t take shit from no one.

-Stop wearing ugly ties.

-More projects.

-Don’t write your report card in third person.

-Give more heads up when work is due.

-Don’t be so frightening in the beginning.  I was timid at first and then you were my favorite teacher.

-Open your skylights, sweep the floor, organize book shelf.

-Don’t ever change.

-Never change for anyone.  You’re perfect as is.

-Have some fun.

-This class is much more demanding than most I’ve taken.  Maybe ease up a little?

-Buy a unicorn mask and act out slaughtering the unicorn every year in APUSH.

-Nope.  Carry on.

-Don’t be so tough on tardies, hand back tests quicker, and smile more.  Be less intimidating. 

-Let me eat in class.  Or don’t because I’m leaving anyways.

-Keep on doing what you are doing.

-Nope.  Perfection.

-Not all the group projects.  Definitely more quizzes worked.  More tests would be nicer.

-Equal amount of opportunity to be judge and debater for Per Se Courts.

-You do a great job!  More Per Se Courts!

-Stop drinking Pink Lemonade.

-Don’t pick on the same people so much.

-More Jeopardy

-Try to not make people upset.

-Better ties

-Sometimes let students makeup a quiz.

And there you have it.

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