From the Mouths of Babes: What Our Students Have to Say About MTMS

A few weeks ago, we asked our younger students to fill out a survey so we could get better insight into what their thoughts and feelings are about music and learning. After a week of “wait how do you spell…” and “I can’t pick just one!” here’s what our students look for in a teacher:

“What do you think makes someone a good teacher?”

  • “One who challenges students and studies ways to make the classroom a productive learning environment.” -Alycia
  • “They are kind, helpful, and AWESOME!!!!!!” -Gargi
  • “I think good teachers are those that are able to adapt to the way that the students learn the best.” -Trey
  • “Treating your students as relative equals.” -Lauren
  • “Someone who is funny, and understands what I am struggling with. Someone who tells me how I can make myself better because I know when I am not doing my best.” -Avi
  • “One that is patient, one with personality, and a broad knowledge of the topic they teach. Also one that has humor.” -Mahir
  • “A good teacher must be funny, kind, and smart.  My teacher is all that!!” -Sasha
  • “Teach me stuff.” -Priya
  • “The ability to listen and adapt based on what the students need.” -Thomas

It made me smile when one student said, “I don’t really know how to answer this question, but I think my teacher is a good teacher, can I just describe her?” At MTMS we know that learning is a lifelong process, and we have just as much to learn from our students as they do from us. Thank you for lending your input, we appreciate each and every one of you! 💜

Written by Katie Ball, Gahanna Lab Lead

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