In My Students' Words

I was recently asked by someone what three words my students would use to describe me. While I feel I have a pretty good idea of how my students feel about me and my class from the conversations I initiate with them and the written feedback I ask for, I wasn’t quite sure how to answer this question. So I asked my senior philosophy class (who I have the closest relationship with, teaching many of them for the second time, and also whom I am the most laid back with) yesterday for the three words they would use to describe me. Here’s what they came up with:

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2 thoughts on “In My Students' Words

  1. This is one of the most common questions I’ve been asked on teaching interviews. I might make up a google form to find out.

    How do you feel about their responses? Do you plan to ask your other classes? Would be interesting to see how close they are.

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  2. They definitely made me laugh and smile. We are doing community service projects the next three days, then are on break, so it’ll be a while before I have a chance to ask my other students. I imagine their answers will be quite different. I am much more relaxed with this class. I imagine my senior Regents prep class will have a lot more about being caring or believing in them, and that my junior global classes will have a lot more about being strict, stern, serious, etc.

    My biggest question though is how the answers would have changed if I asked them to describe me “as a teacher”.

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