Asking my students to reflect, to give feedback, to set goals and try to peek into their minds has been a mission of mine for the last many years. The questions I ask change, but the purpose does not; to create a better educational experience for them. To create a classroom they actually want to be a part of. To find out how I can change so that I can be a better teacher.
For all of the questions I have asked, and it has been a lot so far, there is one that stands out. One that has given me the most significant answers. One that has led me to question myself and what I focus on in the classroom, day after day, student upon student.
And it is one of the simplest ones indeed.
What do you wish I would notice?
Tucked at the end of the survey, when they are already thinking, when they have already shared.
Some write nothing, some say I am noticing what I need to. But then there are the others, those whose answers always stop me, change me, and sometimes even keep me up at night.
I wish Mrs. Ripp would notice how hard I am trying.
I wish she would notice that I am funny.
I wish she would notice how tired I a.
How I need help.
How I don’t know what to say.
How shy I am.
And I am grateful for their answers, for their faith in me to now begin to notice so that I can be better. So that we can be better. So that school can be about them again, just the way it was meant to be.
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