I began teaching in 1998.
To all my students from my first year of teaching:
I’m sorry for…
- using grades as a reward
- using grades as a punishment
- neglecting to give you timely and meaningful feedback
- saying “You better learn it in time for the final exam” when discussing your poor test scores
- assigning homework every night (just because)
- collecting and grading your copied homework
- talking at you instead of talking with you
- talking at you instead of listening to you
- doing activities, activities, and more activities! (with no connection to your understanding)
- giving you notes, notes, and more notes! (with no engagement by you)
- reading my Powerpoint slides to you
- asking low-level questions
And yet, you didn’t riot or declare mutiny. Perhaps, over the course of 11 years of schooling, you were used to it. And for that, I am truly sorry.