Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Day 177: The End
That's it! We're done!
I asked my geometry students, as a last assignment, to reflect on the year. I got the idea Regan Galvan, who has been having her student blog about math all year, and has inspired me to try it next year with my students.
I was looking for their reactions to this year, giving me feedback that I could use to make next year better. I should have given them more time, but the feedback that I got was positive.
Because I'm egotistical, I'm going to cherry-pick some sections from three different students.
Another great thing about this class is Mr. Aion doesn't let us off easy. Just copying notes and doing worksheets would have drilled it into our brain and been much easier, but Mr. Aion challenged us and we had to work for our grade, which I respect. [...] One of the best things about Mr. Aion is he doesn't do things the traditional way and he forces you to open your eyes to look at different things. He is also really funny and all the students like and respect him, which is a good thing for a teacher.
I think that it was a pretty good year and I'm really going to miss this class.
I am a pretty big procrastinator, especially for school work. Whenever we had projects for Geometry, I would usually get them done the night before they were due, resulting in "good enough" work, when "good enough" is never good enough. I learned that from my teacher, Mr. Aion. That quote is probably one thing that I will carry out from this class for the rest of my life. After hearing him say that, I was motivated to try my best, and work my butt off. [...] Because of this quote, I regret every single time I lacked in quality for one of my projects. Not even in Geometry, but in every class.
No matter what else happened this year, I don't see how I could read these and not feel as though I've done well. As teachers, we feel (intrinsically or extrinsically) that we need to touch every student, to change every life.
The harsh reality is that we can't. There will always be students who slip through, who we fail to help. That's inevitable and they will always haunt us. We need to try for every student, but we can't despair when we fail.
All we can do is set an example for our students and use those failures to improve.
However, as look at our failures for ways to improve, we must also look to our successes for areas in which we have excelled. We cannot change all of their lives, but if we can have a positive impact on even a single student, then we have done well and done good.
It's not good enough because "good enough" is never good enough. But it's a great start.
I spent over an hour today writing in yearbooks, giving personalized messages of hope and confidence.
I have some pretty amazing students.