Pretty much the title here says it all. My daughter is a Junior at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, California. The reason I’m blowing my cover and giving out a location is because I want to give credit where credit is due.
One of the mantras on this blog is to talk with your kids. That said, my kids talks to me about everything that goes on at school. I’m not saying that there aren’t frustrations and difficult issues. The workload is insane. The pressure of AP classes is insane. I’m sure there are also social issues I don’t know about that wear on a young mind and heart.
A lot of what I do hear is about the teachers. Even if the work is hard, the teachers are good. They’re great.
- My teenager likes you. All of you.
- Mu teenager respects you.
- Even when you’re assigning difficult and completely confusing projects she likes you.
- Why? Because you treat your teenage students with respect.
- Because you make an attempt at humor.
- You never make any of the kids feel stupid in front of other kids.
- You call out kids who are being jerks and deal with it.
- You don’t treat your students like babies.
- You make the subjects interesting.
- You know the kids are all going to be desperately trying to get into college soon and respect that panic. You know the difference a grade can make.
- You encourage parents to talk to their kids before they call you.
- You encourage your students to think and have original thoughts.
- You challenge your students to think for themselves.
- You answer your students questions.
- You respect the teenagers and acknowledge that they are valued as future human beings.
- I know my child is in good hands.
- I wish all teachers were like you.
- This is for the AP History, AP English, Chemistry, Algebra 2, Ceramics teachers (you know who you are, I hope. I’ll let you know personally later.)
Juliette aka Vampire Maman