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What have you liked about your experience(s) in school?

Student 1 O

Discovery Class, Teachers

Student 2 O

Lunch period, food

Student 3 M

meeting new people from different races and places, field trip, get to know things about American culture

Student 4 M

Meeting people, the good teachers, learning interesting things, free dress (no uniforms)

Student 5 M

Being with and meeting new friends, acquiring knowledge.

Student 6 M

School has exposed me to unique people and memorable events. I like how school has taught me to become a better person by exposing me to different cultures to help me gain respect for all man. School experiences such as extra curricular activities and events and teachers has influenced me in a positive way by encouraging me to look forward to what comes next in life. The friends I made, memories created and bonds with teachers and peers revolved around education for the future has compiled my inspirational experience at school.

Student 7 O

I've enjoyed meeting new people. I like learning and spending time with my friends. I like my nice teachers, but there are some that are mean. I like going to dances and other activities. I wish our yearbook had more color pictures, but I like putting it together. I remember when I was in elementary school we did more stuff with our hands. We did experiments and stuff outside and with other kids. It was fun. We also would have class parties

Parent 1

Challenge, Interaction between students and teachers, lasting friendships developed

Parent 2

Friendships, caring teachers, drama class

Community Member 3

lunch period because of leisure time; chorus class - singing; P.E. because again it was a time of leisure

Parent 4

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with children whose desire and efforts are to learn. Also, I've had excellent rapport with staff, parents, students. Last, overall results been above average.

 

Parent 5

I liked P.E. and lunch. I liked the clubs and dances. I had a nice teacher in seventh grade if it wasn't for her I wouldn't have even gone to school. She cared about us all.

Parent 6

When I was in school I liked walking to and from school with my friends. Some of them were in my classes and we could share our similar experiences. I remember playing sports and being in band that was fun. Field trips were great because we got to see what we were learning. I usually had real nice teachers . I liked being popular, especially with the girls. The dances were a lot of fun too. I liked school because teachers were always there to help me

Teacher 1 O

As student: Rewards for correct answers (recognition) As Teacher: Turning kids on to education, watching them get excited, the realization that they can learn.

Teacher 2 O

The opportunity (when given) to learn in a hands-on environment - we had something similar to 6th grade camp, and on occasion on the class room gave us the opportunity to learn by experience.

Teacher 3 M

students and growth of school - academically; likes to see students who feel successful; likes to see improvement

Teacher 4 O

As a student, I enjoyed the relationship I had with my teachers. I felt that they encouraged me to do my personal best. I also enjoyed the challenge of trying to get good grades and excelling both academically and athletically. I looked forward to spending time with my neighborhood friends between classes, and my other friends during class

Teacher 5 M

Some teachers who related well to the students. Lots of people my age especially girls.

Teacher 6 M

Teaching demands a wide variety of skills and presents one with a wide variety of people, situations and subjects. It is never a "same old/same old occupation. I like working with young adults and their dual personalities--some days they're adults; other days they're children. All days they're interesting!!

I like teaching because it demands a wide variety of skills. Many times I have been forced to investigate new teaching approaches and new lesson plans because students were not interested or not motivated by traditional lessons and approaches. Sometimes the most difficult classes provide the richest rewards. I have experienced great joy and pride when I see students master a difficult task (academic, social and/or workaday). I love teaching English because literature demands great awareness and interpretative skills from its readers. Even low-skilled students are often amazingly articulate and highly-skilled verbally. These students make valuable classroom contributions and produce interesting insights.

I believe that there is an inherent joy in learning -- I see this on an almost daily basis. I think most young people long for credibility in the eyes of their parents and other adults, like teachers.

Teacher 7 O

Did not like school until high school. Did like all the extra-curricular activities. Like clubs, sports and ASB. Liked dances and holidays

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What have you disliked about your experience(s) in school?

Student 1 O

Mile run, oral, projects

Student 2 O

Boring, teachers are not fun

Student 3 M

likes everything, doesn't like groups and having to mold herself into fitting in - not her

Student 4 M

The gossip, the fights, the gang bangers, the rumors, few of the bad teachers and a lot of bad students

Student 5 M

rude, obnoxious, moronic students (and some teachers), overcrowded hallways and classrooms

Student 6 M

Some experiences at school that I have going to describe are how some teachers kind of "ramble" and "preach" to us rather than getting to the main point and idea. Some teachers find lectures to be effective, but some students have short attention spans. Deadlines and pressure tend to build "stress" ... I hate it. Being a senior, academically I need to succeed and financially I need help. I dislike the fact that I need an ample amount of money to help make me best out of school.

Student 7 O

I dislike the food cuz it is terrible. It usually tastes like rubber. I also don't like the uniform policy. I think I should be able to wear clothes that aren't white,black, or turquoise. I know they don't want gang colors or short shorts/skirts and I can understand that. I wish we had a policy like Morse does. That way I would still be able to express myself through the way I dress. I don't like it when the attendance office people ask me why I was late to school when I give them a note from my mom excusing my tardiness. It is really none of their business why I am late. It is not like I am late everyday or something. I have been late twice. I just think everyone around here wants to know everyone elses business. I dislike having to be at school at 7:20 and then going to homebase were we don't do anything. I could sleep in instead. I didn't like the planned parenthood thing either cuz it was stupid and only made the guys think they were all that.(but they are all just a bag of potato chips)

Parent 1

Regimentation - uniforms, classes, seating arrangement, discipline policy

Parent 2

Report cards, strict teachers, unfair teachers, fights, cliques

Community Member 3

didn't feel safe (bullies picked on her)

Parent 4

Twice in my career, I had the bitter experience of working for two administrators - principals who should have been in the plumbing business and not in education. Another dislike and regret was the lack of support of some negligent parents toward/for their children. Too often their presence is not felt until problems occur.

Parent 5

I did not like being teased.. I was not pretty so boys and girls would make fun of me. Teachers would hear it and most wouldn't even say anything. I knew that everyday I would be picked on by somebody. I was to scared to tell anyone cuz then I would be called a tattle teller. I did not like school because going there and listening to some of the mean kids gave me low self-esteem. It continued in the ninth grade, so I stopped going to school. I got my GED a few years ago but still remember the taunting.

Parent 6

I hated the cafeteria food. It tasted like leftovers. But I did not like lunch time detention because I couldn't see my friends. I did not like to get soaked when it rained. A teacher threw chalk at me and I threw it back at him and I got in trouble. That was not fair. Boring classes were the worst I used to sleep in history everyday. They always talked about what happened so long ago and I did not care

Teacher 1 O

As Student: Teachers and students that refused to listen & show respect

As Teacher: Dealing with abusive parents

Teacher 2 O

Teachers who solely lectured and rarely listened

Teacher 3 M

Paperwork - grading - keeping score, administrative

Teacher 4 M

I dislike the perception that just because I was getting good grades that I must some sort of non-athletic geek. I didn't enjoy oral presentations at school. I didn't enjoy being short.

Teacher 5 M

No response

Teacher 6 M

The teaching profession has too little accountability. Although most of the teachers I know are dedicated professionals who strive to keep growing in their field, there are, sadly, less dedicated teachers. We all suffer because of this. Children suffer because they are passed on without the skills requisite for success, parents suffer because they are unaware of their child's lack of skills, and teachers suffer because they can not build on a firm foundation of learning.

Our educational programs neglect the "average" learner, while providing extra funds/programs/etc.. for GATE or for "at risk"/ESL/ Special Ed/Etc. To piggyback on this, we do not deal with the small percent of disruptive, recalcitrant learners. We include them in classes which are already too large, and the majority of average students lose valuable learning time while the teachers wastes large chunks of time on the management/discipline of a few students. I think that students with "U" in citizenship shouldn't be in class

Our schools and facilities stress academics and college degrees and neglect the work ethic and the myriad of challenging and fulfilling professions available to skilled workers. My 26 year old son has two friends who earn $35,000 a year (a salary many teachers don't earn). One is a Porsche mechanic; the other is a beautician. Both men love their work, and both men are content (good self-esteem). As educators, I think we should help students identify all their strengths and skills, not just their academic skills.

Another thing I dislike about schools is what I see as progressive "dumbing down" curriculum. Many students have learned that if they whine enough and insist that work is too hard, their assignment will be simplified. I know that play has been successful because students continue in that behavior. As educators we have to hold the line and insist on quality work. It is amazing what students can achieve in response to the teacher's high expectations.

Teacher 7 O

Disliked school because it was boring. Never really made much effort because couldn't relate. Did not pertain to me.

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What kinds of school do you think parents (teacher/family) want for students (you)?

Student 1 O

Good education, clean, drug free. Why? To stop gangs

Student 2 O

Good school: clean, better food, No P.E. when it is hot, good education. Why? So I don't get in trouble.

Student 3 M

Safe school, disciplined school, school where lots of learning will take place

Student 4 M

A clean school where you don't have to worry about gangs, getting into fights, or getting badly injured. Somewhere where the faculty is actually there to help.

Student 5 M

want me to be in a stable, safe learning environment where I safe, up-to-date, offer advanced classes, please where I feel at ease. My parents have a chance to really learn.

Student 6 M

As proud Filipinos, my family, like any other wants me to attend a school that will not only improve my mind and strengthen my body but will also mold me to be a respectable, polite, ???? student and person. My family would want me to attend a school that encourages achievement and challenges the mind with the aid of helpful and inspiring teachers.

Student 7 O

My family wants a school for me that is safe and clean. There can't be graffiti and stuff. My mom wants a school that has air conditioning. They want a positive environment with teachers that care about the students. Teachers that like their job and helping kids. Want teachers with patience. Teachers that care if the students do their homework or not. My mom and dad want the school to offer tutoring in all subjects.

Parent 1

Non supervised-no principal looking over their shoulder. good textbooks, no bars or chains, security is not a problem

Parent 2

Friendly, safe, clean, one that allows students to learn

Community Member 3

they want schools to focus attention on learners who aren't the top intellectually. They want schools that help disadvantages learners.

Parent 4

I think most teachers would welcome academic up to date schools with the best sophisticated technical equipment. We hope to see a continued challenging diversified curriculum with emphasis on math, science, language arts, liberal arts, fine arts, vocational skills. We long for a day when our students can study and work in a safe, comfortable environments - video free, drug free and where everybody is somebody regardless of race, creed or color.

Parent 5

I think teachers want schools that students feel safe to attend. No name calling, bullies, gangs/graffiti, mean teachers or mean peers. Teachers want schools that encourage student progress. Teachers want schools that offer tutoring for students, more computers, bigger libraries, good looking schools. Less kids so they can spend more time with each kid. School that works together so kids can learn.

Community Member 6

Teachers want schools that kids want to go to. Safe and clean. Classes that are fun and interesting. Ideas taught that students can relate to. Enough after school events to keep kids off school. Parent volunteers. Teachers want less students and smaller schools.

Teacher 1 O

Safe place, encouraging, allows students to succeed

Teacher 2 O

One that educates their child to his/her fullest potential in a safe environment with teachers who care and are a part of the community.

Teacher 3 M

Successful schools: students are supported to prepare for life after graduation. Life: personal, work place and college

Teacher 4 O

I think parents and community members want schools that are: 1. safe, 2. provide a challenging environment, 3. maintain high standards, 4. unbiased and ethnically representative, and 5. produce results as reflected in school accountability reports, test scores.

Teacher 5 M

I don't care and in fact I think they don't have enough background, for the most part, to know.

Teacher 6 M

I believe that parents want a demanding curriculum that produces students with strong academic skills, a good work ethic, social skills, and accountability and self-discipline. In short, I think parents want their children to become decent, hard-working, productive citizens, who have many career options in today's rapidly changing job-market.

I believe the community, especially business interests, would like to see our graduates be self-disciplined adaptable "learners," who take pride in their work and can interact successfully with all kind of people. I think businesses would like to be able to "trust" our diploma to certify that our graduates are proficient in math and language arts and will not require expensive remedial training from their employers.

Teacher 7 O

Parents/community members want safe environment, teachers that care about students as individuals. Want schools that stretch their children to grow instead of free ride, no ceiling on children of color so they have better opportunity to do better. Plenty of after school activities for the kids to participate in and keep them off the streets

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What kind of schools do you think students (teachers) want for themselves (you)?

Student 1 O

Same, safe Why? not really sure

Student 2 O

Same probably, good education Why? to get a good job

Student 3 M

Same as family

Student 4 M

A safe clean, environment w/ block schedule where they can get paid more for less hours.

Student 5 M

Teachers probably want the same kind of schools as parents, but with smaller class sizes so more attention can be given to each student.

Student 6 M

Teachers want a school that have enough activities, events and courses that do not distract the students but encourages them to attend and want to learn. A good education is like a home cooked meal, everyone yearns for it, anything else would be unsatisfactory.

Student 7 O

I am not really sure what kinds of schools teachers want for us. probably a safe, fun learning environment. They think if it is safe we will be able to do our work better. I think they also want more activities for the school. I think they want a school for us with some spirit. Less students per teacher. No construction work going on during school hours. No portables because we always have to be so quiet.

Teacher 1 O

The same emphasis on safety, a place where they are liked

Teacher 2 O

Ones that are high tech, hands on with a variety of learning experiences

Teacher 3 M

Know requirements so they can achieve success; meaningful school work: relevant to lives and work, especially in the future; they want voices in deciding what happens in school (learning, choices)

Teacher 4 O

I think students want schools where they: 1. feel safe, 2. have fun, 3. learn things that apply to themselves in the "real" world, 4. can be with their friends, 5. are cared about.

Teacher 5 M

Schools with smaller classes, swimming pools, teachers that are student oriented.

Teacher 6 M

You have to read between the lines to answer this question. I have 5 kids of my own, the youngest is now 24. When my kids were high school students, they would have said that schools should have longer lunches, open campuses, easier graduation requirements, no mandatory attendance policy, "fun" classes, no final exams, more teacher time for individual students, better parking facilities, ad nauseum.

When the Morse English department conducted an informal survey of graduates (about 10 years ago) most graduates said they wished they had studied harder, taken more challenging classes/teachers, listened to their parents and teachers, and spent more time with teachers outside the classroom.

I would guess that the answer to this question lies somewhere between the two extremes that I've presented.

Teacher 7 O

A lot of students want a free ride, no demands intellectually, do their own thing, no constraints. No uniform policy. Other students are academically oriented and want challenging work and courses. They want work that makes them think about themselves and the world. They want a safe environment free of drugs, gangs and bullies. they all want teachers that care about them

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What advice do you have for new teachers coming into this profession?

Parent 1

Bring vitality/enthusiasm into the classroom, Need to be role models to students., Keep up on teaching techniques

Parent 2

Be a role model to students, be fun in classroom, be interesting, use computers

Community Member 3

Try to be at least 5 steps ahead of students mentally (must be much quicker than they are in order to succeed)

Parent 4

Always be prepared! Plan ahead!!! Do a lot of reading. Keep abreast of current, social, world events!!!! Also keep up with the most current events, skills, strategies in education. Teach instead of telling! Be patient with all youngsters! Be good listener! Be willing to assist; advice. Assume a positive attitude at all times!!!!

Parent 5

My advice? I would say be prepared. Like kids. Teach stuff that the kids care about. Don't teach Islam when they should learn about what is happening with Saddam/Iraq. Be honest with the students. Give them hard work, don't "give" A's or pass kids that should stay back. Listen to some of the music the kids listen to, watch some of the shows, see some of the movies, watch some of the sports, so you have something to talk about besides school. Call parents as soon as things seem to be going down hill, don't wait until the student has gone downhill and crashed into the light pole. Invite parents into the classroom so they can view what goes on and get to know you better. Use the homework hot line if you have one.

Community Member 6

New teachers should know the stuff they teach. They should also get to know their students. They should teach stuff that kids want to learn. Offer after school tutoring and send home progress reports if students need them. Treat all students with respect and require all students to treat you, others, and themselves with respect. Get involved in other school activities beside teaching so kids see that you care about them and the school.

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If you could design a perfect school, what would it be like?

Student 1 O

It would be a place where people can learn

Student 2 O

Indoor school, no portables, better school food, longer lunch, swimming pool, good teachers that use more projects

Student 3 M

Students get along well, class size reduction, clean, variety of races and people from different places

Student 4 M

The closest to perfect that I can think of would be a school that very diverse. There wouldn't be any gang bangers. The lunch courts would be large with big grassy areas to eat on. Classrooms would be all air-conditioned. All sports would have good equipment not equipment from 15 years ago. We would have a large library (2 story) and there would be no graffiti problems. And the stupid dress code would cease to exist!

Student 5 M

Smaller class size, wider variety of elective classes offered, more field trips, teachers who don't act high and mighty, stricter enforcement of dress code, less annoying, ignorant students, more shade, free merchandise, more computers (w/ internet)

Student 6 M

A perfect school would contain inspirational teachers, respectable courses, unique clubs- extracurricular activities. The structure of the school doesn't have to be impressive just as long as the education gained is useful for the future. SEE DRAWING

Student 7 O

My school would be an indoor school with three stories. It will be an equal rights school which focused on a the students thoughts, feelings, and learning. There would be a dress code like Morse has. There will be no construction. There would be plenty of water fountains and bathrooms around the school. We would also be able to use computers in classrooms. There will be a computer and internet for every student. We would have sports at my school. More dances that are longer than one hour.

Parent 1

La Costa Canyon High School - Setting: Rancho Sante Fe

Beautifully landscaped, looks like east coast private college. Single story buildings, wood and stucco facility. No bars, no chain link fences, completely open.

Parent 2

The school would be very open, well landscaped, clean, modern, and very safe with no guards or police. The teachers will want to be there for the students. A school where parents are a part of the school.

Community Member 3

Would have: metal detectors; stricter dress codes; students dress nice; corporal punishment

Parent 4

I am not sure how a perfect school would be designed. It would take much time to consider a sketch or outline. Please allow me to pass on this question!

Parent 5

My school would be safe. All students would not be picked on. If one was teachers would respond letting everyone know that it is wrong. Teachers will be fair. They will treat African-American, Chinese, Filipino, Whites and everyone else the same. There would be a mandatory class about coping with the middle years. There would be a lot of career days and trips to local high schools. There would be arts and crafts, clubs, sports for students after school. Grades would not exclude a student from participating because maybe they will gain better social skills. School would be the whole year with breaks. There would be grass fields and trees for the kids to enjoy.

Community Member 6

My perfect school would have teachers from all ethnicities. Classes that prepare students for life. My school would have a lot of counselors to help students figure out what they are going to do after high school. The school would have classes that would help students get a job after high school if they were not going to college. There would be classes on filling out applications for jobs and colleges. Competitive sports, band, dance, art, and other classes would be offered after school. The school would have great food. It would look real cool to. The kids would help design it. There would be ways to get to classes without getting wet. The teachers would want all students to learn. The school would take a lot of field-trips.

Teacher 1 O

It would be like the Achiever Family (present as well as past) on a campus surrounded by green grass, ocean views, and flowers.

Teacher 2 O

Comfortable auditorium, open spaces, lots of windows, gardens for each class to adopt, computers for every 2 people, class size of 20, lots of books, a central library with individual learning centers, rest rooms/ water fountain/ and sink in each room, rooms arranged in pods according to grade level, more self-administration vs. "administrators", minimum days used for groups to meet, cooperate, and share, offices located in central location, keep the few necessary administrators and support staff available and in the thick of things, strong parent involvement program

Teacher 3 M

One on One, technology, opportunity to independent work and school studies, more community involvement

Teacher 4 O

I think the perfect school is one that parents and community members would be proud of. It would be safe, challenging, maintain high standards for all students, demonstrate high student achievement as measured by progress reports, exhibitions, and standardized tests. The perfect school would be esthetically pleasing. Students would feel welcome and proud of the school's exterior appearance including paint scheme and landscaping. The school would have modern sports and recreation facilities, including competitive sports teams. The library/ media center would be modernized and full technology labs in all classrooms. Air conditioned classrooms would be the norm. Suspensions and suspendible behaviors would be reduced. Faculty relationships would be collegial and collaborative. Teachers would be empowered, but there would be a separate administrative structure for disciplinary issues so that there would be no conflict between acting as homebase advocate, and disciplinarian.

Teacher 5 M

School divided into villages based on grade level with a central courtyard for each grade and a school wide courtyard.

Teacher 6 M

If I could design the perfect school, it would have a strong discipline/citizenship policy. The first week of school all brawlers would be expelled, and, at the end of the first 6 week marking period, all "U's" in citizenship would also be dropped.

Teachers would be accountable for their students' learning. Since all students would be required to attend (or dropped), required to do assigned work (or dropped), teachers would be required to show improved in students' academic skills (through national assessment tests, SAT's, etc.) or teachers would be dropped.

All students would be required to take a 2 year course in some vocational area, whether it be plumbing, auto mechanics, book-keeping and typing, retail sales, food preparation and dietetics, midwifery, carpentry, etc. All students would graduate with academic skills and with useful vocational training.

All teachers would be required to donate 12 hours a marking period to extra-curricular time with students. These hours could be spent attending sports events or other student activities, hosting lunches or breakfasts for students, observing students at their part-time jobs, donating before school time for student tutoring or Saturdays for student tutoring, visiting students at home or having students into their homes. Most students want more time with teachers outside of class. Teachers should not be paid for attendance at games, dances, etc. This should be donated time.

All teachers would be required to take the same tests that students take. If a teacher has an AP class, he/she must take the AP exam (how can one teach what one hasn't experienced?) All math teachers would take math SAT I and II; all English teachers would take English SAT I and II; and all teachers would take Golden State Exams, etc.

Graduation requirements would be based on national test like the New York Regents Exam. The diploma would be a guarantee of certain skills.

The curriculum would be inter-disciplinary: all teachers would work with at least one partner in a humanities or vocational block. Teachers would make the connection between subjects and then teach that connection.

School days would be longer. Lunches would be longer. Schools would be smaller. Governance and decision-making would be in the hands of parents, teachers and local businesses.

Block schedules would be used. Alternating evening classes would be offered. School wide functions would be attended by all students and by , hopefully, all teachers and parents.

In short, we would be stepping back into the fifties...

Teacher 7 O

Perfect school would have: Small student teacher ratio, high accountability for all (Student, parent, teacher, team, school), Organized teachers, flexible teachers ( Teachers that catch teachable moments, maybe toss lesson for day because students start grand conversation on another important issue), school that keeps students up to date with current events, people with good attitudes. School would have on-going staff development, parent inservice workshops, community involvement requirement for attendance. Classroom seat work reflects 21st century not methods of 20th century.

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