I really Iiked this. A.lot.
I decided last week to offer an Experience as a Learner survey to my students modeled after the one found here in @grantwiggins post Fixing High School by Listening to Students.
I will reflect when I have all of my classes to complete the survey. But for now, 100% of my students responded they strongly agree “My teacher…really loves her subject.”
There are topics I don’t enjoy but if I go into the classroom with a ho-hum attitude, why would I expect my students to have a different attitude?
I get to set the tone, everyday. I get to grab their attention, everyday. I get to choose to interact with each student, everyday. I get to let them know they matter, everyday.
Of course I love what I am doing! It is hard work. I must persevere. I study and learn myself…I must model the characteristics I hope to see in them…so they can find success.