Ok, ok…I hear the yelling and feel the heat from the torches already. I don’t mean that you should ignore good, constructive feedback from students, but there are many times that what students say to you (or about you) should be vehemently ignored.
Here are a few examples of what I’m talking about (along with my rebuttal, which I may or may not actually say to the student):
“Teacher, I didn’t learn anything from what we did today.” Yes, you did. You’re just don’t realize it. And you’re kind of a jerk.
“Teacher, your new haircut doesn’t suit you.” I look damn good and you know it.
“We have way more fun in So-and-so’s class.” I’d have more fun, too, if all I had to do was play on my phone and memorize a study guide that has all the test questions on it. Oh, and watch TV shows every day.
“I don’t like the way we do notes in your class.” I don’t like the way you fail every test.
“Ms. So-and-so is my favorite teacher.” Well if you love ‘em so much, why don’t you marry them! Um…actually…don’t do that. That’s a crime.
So, you get my point, right? Students are not always the best sources of feedback that you can use to improve yourself. Listen instead to your administrators and coworkers. After all, they aren’t dictated completely by their hormones. Well, not usually at least.