Friday, July 08, 2016

Mr. Silva-Brown’s Report Card, Part Two: “What recommendations would you give Mr. Silva-Brown”, 2016 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.

-maybe not focus so much on roasting everyone

-Nothing

-Stop yelling or hitting stick on de desk

-Stop being an ass

-Be nicer

-LET PEOPLE BE LATE SOMETIMES!!!!!!  (Want to become really great friends with students, let them be late.  One thing I’m noticing more and more is teachers sacrificing their attendence policies to maintain relationships with students.  It teaches exactly the wrong thing and I’m not letting up on attendence.)

-nothing really

-No idea

-Try to slow down

-Be a little quieter. Keep your word on sending people out if they're loud (you only did the last month)

-nothing

-to calm down and take a second to take a breath

-relax a little dont yell as much

-Don't vote

-I have no idea..

-be a little more lenient or helpful to students or sign senior trip papers  (Once again we have the issue of students being told that they can do everything and that there are no consequences for trying to do everything.  Our institution, following societies model) does a horrid job in time management.)

-Don't be so judge mental. People are different and just because you think one way doesn't mean that they think the same way. It upsets people. (Don't be such a dick)  (Ask around and you’ll find that I don’t give political opinions in class.  But this year I had a sub-group of students that basically demanded that certain speech either be condemed or not permitted.  I refused to do that and therefore I came off as insensitive or dickish.  More on this in the analysis section Part Four.)

-BE NICE

-Everything was pretty good.

-To not be so strict with his late policy

-Don't stop being brown

-None

-Correct quiz re-dos every quarter instead of every semester

-Stop the disruptions and insults before it gets too distracting

-Be more 101 not during lunch but during class

-None

-None at this time

-Stop being a Giants fan

-Be nicer

-Be more organized and don't discourage students for asking you about grades or work. I know that some kids lie about their work ethnic just for the grade, but you should know that you have students who care very much about their grade and would do anything for their grade to reflect the effort they put in that class. Talk with them and be reasonable. Students make mistakes (including myself), but teachers aren't perfect either.

-Keep up the enthusiasm for teaching.

-He is a funny teacher

-Be more understanding of people's work schedules and retakes goddammit!!!

-Chill man

-To have more days to study for tests

-Be slightly more sensitive to people's feelings at time, and to be less stubbon(in n out for example)  (Ugh, total mea culpa on this one.  I was pretty insistant that In N’ Out would never come to Ukiah.  A city with 16,000 and an average income just over 40K and a moderate highway in the summertime just didn’t make sense.  So of course they’re coming to Ukiah.” 

-Country rules.

-Be more approachable and less scary

-Throw away the stick.

-None

-More time to review for tests and quizzes

-Nothin

-don't be a bitch

-Just give others more time but over all, the class was perfect.

-To teach the graphs a bit slower and with time

-Just give others more time but over all, the class was perfect.

-Nothing really his class is enjoyable

-Nothing really his class is enjoyable

-Stop making red-headed girls cry

-Nah he's good

-Stop making people cry.

-Nothing really his class is enjoyable

-More qiuz make ups

-Don't wait until the end of the semester to enter make-ups

-Work with students better. Understand that not everybody is a test taker and people that show up to your class everyday and do the work should pass the class. If u fail somebody like that you are just being a dick.  (If you come to class every day and work your ass off and still fail every test there are one of two things at play; you have serious testing issues which I will have identified and made adjustments, or you actually don’t come to class every day and work your ass off.  The latter is the likelihood.)

-Be nicer to students

-i can't think of any

-Maybe spend a little more time going over one subject

-Keep doing what you're doing Mr. Silva Brown! All I recommend is that the slideshows be a bit more organized-I got confused a few times when there was one title on one slide and the topic would continue onto another slide, but have a different title.

-Have a sweeter soul.

-Be nice and try to understand that some people take your comments the wrong way.

-Stop making girls cry.

-Just keep doing what you do, you're a very informative teacher.

-My recommendations would be to be just a little bit nicer (slack) when announcing important dates and quiz/test days. We are still teenagers and human, we forget things. Just a little shout out to check out the bored would of helped a lot and would have been awesome (especially about the make-up quiz days!! I read his whole syllabus twice and still seemed to skip over that section!!) Also to maybe stay on top of grading make-up quizzes and tests so that he can have less students yelling at him to update Edline on stuff that he hasn't even graded yet. Also try to get through lessons faster in the beginning of the year because by the end I felt extremely rushed and stressed out. We had quizzes every other day on stuff we only learned the class period before.

-Clearer information on make ups

-Class is good how it is in my opinion.

-Get our tests/classwork/homework back faster

-Be nicer

-None

-Don't tweet so much

-Be less of a shitty person :)

-Don't talk Shit about UP

-Don't leave the year early. Still proud of you for being a table leader tho

-maybe less power points and more activities?

-I think the hardest part for most students are the quizzes that took place every few days. Back in Economics, the reading was not that bad, but during Comp GOv, the book was very boring, especially when we had to read like 20 pages once.

-I think a quiz per chapter is too much in my opinion, maybe occasional quizzes, but not too much.

-It would be really helpful if, when a student asks a simple and easy to answer question, you could just answer it instead of giving some snarky condescending response.

-Let your student eat in class. I want to eat my breakfast, Brown!

-Quit roasting my hair it's kinda awk when you do that. Bring your cat to school. NVM SOME PEOPLE ARE ALLERGIC.

-Maybe practicing FRQs more. We do some however I think it would be nice if maybe once a week instead of a quiz there is an FRQ that is actually for points, because when we do the practice ones I try to do them but I know they don't really count for much in the grade so I don't try as hard as I could.

-Get a book that is updated and less boring

-Maybe let us eat because i was hungry at times

-Be safe in Salt Lake City.

-Be less condescending when students ask clarifying questions. Sometimes it makes students feel unintelligent. Trying to finish Mexico before AP testing week.

-It would be helpful to have quizzes after the reading AND the lecture, that way the information is more imprinted for the tests.

-nope

-Not really anything.

-To force quiet people like me to talk more because I learn better when I participate, but usually I have no motivation to participate.

-Please update your grades more often.

-More physical work outside the class, like more written assignments to prove we did the reading, not just quizzes.

-No

-just keep being you :)

-Give me all the possible terms for the same thing. I screwed up on "political party system" and you had "distribution of power" on the country reviews for the exam.

-Keep being your cool self man. Haters gonna Hate. Your probably one of my best teachers I have ever had.

-Use less sarcasm. Don´t refuse to sign things just because you want to. Just because you won´t give your perspective on political issues doesn´t mean you need to compensate by giving your opinion on absolutely everything else. (i.e. music and media, liking T. Swift does not make you a ¨terrible person¨ and antagonizing people in this way is unnecessary and slows things down.)

-Your fun, joking personality is enjoyable. Though I would recommend that for following years, getting a new batch of students, take a while to really figure out which students are seriously uncomfortable with being picked on. Some people are shy and can take it, but some people have anxiety and seriously become uncomfortable. Heads up because I know a junior who's worried about that.

-Bring your wife flowers every once in a great while

-Maybe really highlighting the differences from the old textbook to the current aspects of the country. I got confused a few times by what the book was saying and what had actually changed. It'd be beneficial to make super obvious what has changed since the publication of the textbook.

-Keep doing what you do

-ORGANIZATION.

-More FRQ practice

-No recommendations. Maybe on the first day next year play the part of an ultraconservative person, just to set the dynamic for the year.

-There are multiple answers for most questions; when a student puts an answer that a) you were not expecting or b) is not up to par with your expectations, keep in mind that there's a good chance your question had ambiguity.
Also, the Mexico segment does not belong in AP testing week.. half of your students simply cannot be there to learn in class. This can be easily avoided.

-Keep edline updated, along with quiz makeups and test corrections

And there you have it.

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