Monday, November 26, 2018 by Ariana Turiansky
As we near the end of the semester, we enter into the realm of final papers/projects, exams, and teacher evaluations. As students, your honest feedback is helpful for your instructors to evaluate and revise their teaching methodology. Your teachers spend a good deal of time preparing lectures, assignments, and in-class work to help you learn vital content, but they do so with the understanding that some of these approaches, assignments, or activities may not work out for everyone.
In UNLV’s Writing Center, many of our consultants also teach 1-2 courses each semester. Our students are often a topic of conversation among us, just as students will talk, gossip, and/or complain about their teachers. However, I want to draw back the curtain of mystery a bit and reveal some of the most common ways I hear teachers talk about their students.
We share your successes -- I love when writers come back to the Writing Center to say they got an A on their assignment, or they got the scholarship they were applying for. In teaching, as well, it’s really nice to see our students’ hard work pay off. As teachers, we like to brag about your accomplishments because we know how hard you work for them! A teacher once expressed to me that the class he taught applauded one of their peers for finally nailing down her topic and thesis statement after working hard to develop it for a few weeks. I’ve also heard teachers share that their students totally nailed a class activity or assignment, and they brag about the ideas you share in discussion.
We collaborate to help solve your problems -- Often when I have a student struggling with a topic or writing assignment, I’ll discuss it with my fellow consultants and teachers to get their advice. Most teachers aren’t willing to give up if they don’t personally know the best way to help you. I’ve spent many conversations bouncing ideas off of my co-workers (thank you!) to find a way to help one of my Eng. 102 students narrow their topic.
We talk about nice moments or bonding experiences -- I had a writer in the Writing Center this semester who came in with a box of donuts and offered me one. It was thoughtful of him, and, honestly, it made my morning. In my experience, teachers like building rapport with their students; it makes the classroom an enjoyable place to be.
So, as you have your final writing consultations and start to turn in your exams and essay, know that your teachers support you, and we look forward to your success.