Saturday, January 23, 2021

Best School Moments

Education week interviewed students and posted their responses to the question "What was the best moment you ever had in the classroom?"  You can read the 3rd part in the series here.  It has 3 students' responses, and I think they are illuminating.  Here are quick excerpts:

Student 1 - Something teachers or students can learn from my experience is that we have to overcome our fears and not let them control ourselves because we can’t know our capabilities if we are afraid.

Student 2 - When I wrote my first poem in freshman year. I realized that it was fun and unique. I felt like I wanted to write more and more. When I performed my first poem to that class I found my passion.

Student 3 - This experience showed me the extent a relationship with your classmates and your teacher can go....

While not surprising, I noticed that none of the students talked about a specific piece of information.  Only one of them referred to teaching style (#3), and even that student came away highlighting the relationship with students and the teacher.  I wanted to highlight these responses as we enter our classrooms (many of which are virtual).  Students will need doctrinal information, but in the end, they will remember more about the relationship and human skills we helped them build.  They probably won't remember all those rules after the bar exam, but they will remember the time we took to help them prepare.  None of our classes will be perfect this semester, but we can be the professor that makes a lasting difference with the connection we make with them.  Have a great semester!

(Steven Foster)

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