2016 hasn’t just been a great year for teacher stories, it’s given us some great perspectives from students too. From collections of responses about their favorite teachers to inspiring tales of overcoming adversity, here are our favorite student stories from the Edmodo blog throughout the year.
5. “She prepared me to be the best student I can be!”
“She is tough but she is compassionate. She is strict but guides her students to be better, more responsible people. She gives criticism but it is constructive. She doesn’t hold your hand but leads you to independence and self-discipline…In her class, you must always be prepared for the unexpected and prepared to work hard all the time…She pushed but not too hard to make you work at your highest level and there were times where I didn’t think I could do it but I did and she prepared me for seventh and eighth grade to be the best student I can be! Her name is Mrs. Benjamin.”
4. “Help us understand our material, not just memorize it.”
“Mr. Alan Hughes keeps us engaged in his lesson plans; he doesn’t just expect us to sit down and listen to him talk. He uses different techniques to help us learn the information, like our knowledge map, note-taking, stuff to know, and different books to help us understand our material, not just memorize it. Also, he breaks down the information into units (Japan, India, etc.) and makes sure we dive deep into the information we are learning about.”
–7th grader, Carmel, Indiana
3. “Have traditional standardized testing formats skewed perceptions?”
“The untimed, self-guided format was completed by over one million students, and the results revealed that girls performed better than boys at all grade levels and difficulty level. Now, we’re faced with an intriguing question: have traditional standardized testing formats skewed perceptions and perpetuated the myth that boys are better at math than girls?” Read More
2. “The results are in!”
While not story from a single student, the Edmodo #StudentsVote poll gave us a lot of insight into how the students of the world think. We’re still so thankful for everyone who participated in the poll, and we invite you to check out the breakdown of the data here.
1. “I have the willpower to keep going no matter how hard it gets.”
“My aunt, who is raising me, enrolled me into Perspectives Middle Academy for sixth grade to join my older brother and older sister so we could all go to the same school. I didn’t know multiplication or division. We always used calculators at Langston Hughes, but I never really understood how to think about math.
So when I came to Perspectives, I had so much to deal with.
And then I had an ethics class taught by Miss Plante, called A Disciplined Life. It changed me. We learned about how to improve our self-esteem, have good relationships, and take responsibility for ourselves.” Read More
–Kim Wilborn, Eighth Grader at Perspectives Middle Academy
Do you have any inspiring stories as a student or from a student you know? Feel free to share in the comments!