“You don’t even know us” is what most mutter in their minds as teachers fail to acknowledge the events that go on outside of the school campus. Academics and school itself is certainly a dominant part of students’ lives, but there’s more than that.
Mr. Hubbs, current APUSH and AP Econ teacher, recognizes this, and he makes a successful attempt to grow closer, more intimate, with his students. Each year, he organizes individual meetings with the students to understand why they act the way they do during class and to provide any required assistance.
But why does he go through the hassle of doing so?
Here’s what Mr. Hubbs has to say about his well-appreciated annual meetings:
BP: What has inspired you to reach out to students?
JH: The main reason comes from my philosophy of being a teacher. I don’t consider myself a teacher teaching history, but a teacher teaching students. I try to be aware of the students’ needs that aren’t just content related. I want to know if they’re okay emotionally, if they’re happy. I never carried out meetings with an entire class, though. I wanted to try this out with F Block, because they were so quiet and I wanted to know if something I didn’t know about was an underlying reason for that. I wanted to let them know that teachers care about them, and I thought having private conversations were the best way.
BP: How long have you been doing this?
JH: As I mentioned earlier, it was my first time this year doing this for an entire class. But I called out individual students since I began to teach.
BP: When do students begin to concern you?
JH: Usually, when I see their lack of energy. I’m not talking about how they’re just sleepy in the morning, but when I see their continuous pattern of tiredness and not participating.
BP: How do you feel like you can help?
JH: Students check in and I listen. It’s not my position to force myself to intervene since I’m not a psychologist or therapist, but I can be a mentor and good listener.
Teachers, no, mentors like Mr. Hubbs present the students with a sense of attention and appreciation. Creating a healthy relationship between the teachers and students is a two-way benefit, and it’s true to say that Mr. Hubbs’ students have much to be thankful for. Mr. Hubbs interacts with his students via Schoology as well as Facebook, and his classes are comprised of casual conversations that make history and economics every bit more engaging. As Mr. Hubbs always remarks during his classes, “Good times.”
– Becky Yang (’16)
Header: Justin Kwon (’16)