This will be the sixth time that I'm giving a 'First Day of School' Quiz.
I've had a tough time these past two years setting up the questions. Since I've moved to middle school, my schedule has a few kids in my Math block as well as my Science block.
Essentially, I see the same kid twice in a single day.
So I have to make two sets of quizzes. Some of the questions I don't change because I feel like every student of mine should have to answer.
Anyway, the last question is still always my favorite. They give a written response to this prompt:
If Mr. Arakaki wanted to be the best teacher you've ever had, what would he need to do?
Here are some of the ones that caught my eye.*
"He should let us go on faceBook. To tex on owe Phone."
"giveout treats - especially chocolate and pickles."
"Decorate your classroom a bit more."
"To be the best teacher I would have, you would have to be like the cool teacher not strict or mean. But strict When you need to be. When I think of a cool teacher I think funny, and nice. I like when my teachers help Me When I really need help, and they are not tough on me. I also really like the kids of teachers that pushes us to do more and get our work done, it helps me as a student when I have teachers like that."
"First: do not git in fights or do bad thangs. Do not be strike be nice. Don't let us melt in her. Don't give us to much homework. Thats what you should do to be best teach."
"I Thank you should do math with food because. I thank it would be fun and make us want to learn"
"Basically, tell some jokes and thats about it."
And one of the students included this awesome note:
"Thanks Mr. A! The apples you like are called Pink Lady. I'll give you seeds some time so you can grow your own apples. At least two, so they can pollinate each other!"
There aren't that many things that I've done every year that I've taught, but this is one of them.
*To preserve authenticity, all responses were typed out exactly as I could decipher.