I took an assignment teaching HTML and Web Site design at a local technical college. The classes were going well but something inspired me to try this concept.
I created a questionnaire. The questions were judiciously created. I had questions on the list in which I was not really interested, such as; what is your favorite color?’ what is your favorite season of the year?
Also there were questions on the survey instrument whose answers I had planned to use as teaching tools.’(I wanted to make sure I was using metaphors to which they could relate). Questions like; What is your favorite TV program, Favorite Movie, and most watched sport.
I also threw in questions such as ; what is the best thing that ever happed to you and what is the worst thing that ever happened to you. I an not sure what made me insert those questions. (The answers blew me away, they were too shocking to reveal)
THE POSITIVE RESULTS WERE;
After learning of some of the hardships my students had endures and were enduring I had an immediate Paradigm Shift. I was determined that I was going to be a positive influence in their lives and I was no longer going to give 110%. I was now determined to give 120%.
My metaphors were more relevant; I used concepts from the movies and TV programs they had seen.
I was able to invite Parents and relatives to my class to share educational experience that I knew they had as a result of the survey.
I seemed to CARE MORE ABOUT THEM after reading the surveys.( Please note the survey sheets did not require a student signature.)
The classes were so much better and my students learned more and were happier.
I fulfilled my need for constant self improvement
I heard once that students,
Don’t care How much you know, they want to know how much you care
I believe that