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What one student wrote to me…

28 August 2016
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Hello all, I just wanted to share some feedback a learner sent me at the end of a teaching period. Click here to view the PDF version of this message.

Dear Mr. Budu,
Where do I begin? I wish I’d had a chance to say a proper thank you in person to you for being such a fantastic lecturer to us
you did a fantastic job of being an amazing, effective, yet different university instructor. You are an EXCELLENT lecturer so I am writing you this simple letter of appreciation.
To me, the biggest and most effective way you spiced things was the way you consistently used early class engagement. It seemed as if a lot of us were way more engaged throughout class when we started with a relevant discussion or activity at the beginning of class.This not only woke us up, but it allowed us to turn our focus to that particular subject for  the rest of the class period. Many times it introduced us to the topic of the day, or revisited a previous lesson. Thank you for ditching typical, traditional lecture.
Thank you for making the lesson relevant. Your lessons were so much easier to remember because you presented the opportunity to relate them to something we already knew. With every new lesson or term you explained, you gave a current real-life example. Most of these examples came from popular news stories, sports headlines, and entertainment topics, which helped even more.Thank you for recognizing that your large lecture classroom was a “difficult space” for learning. Instead of standing at the front of the room, you walked around the sides while talking so we could hear you in the back.Your constant smile and frequent corny jokes created such a light and positive environment in the classroom.We as students respected your authority, yet felt comfortable enough to share ideas, ask questions, and discuss as if everyone inside the classroom was equal. That’s an environment that only few students get to truly experience.
Thank you for believing in us. Many times I hear friends say that instructors “want us to fail” or “they want to make the class as hard as possible.” Somehow you have found the perfect balance of challenging us and being there as support when we didn’t understand something. You always showed concern, broke it down, and never moved on until we got it. We were able to conquer difficult problems because we were capable. We just didn’t believe we were. With your encouragement and support, I often walked out of the classroom thinking; Anything is Possible!
when i started school I almost started to see things fall apart in the classroom because of my time management outside of the classroom. Your mid-semester check-up was a true wake up call. It’s not that I wasn’t “getting it”, it was that I wasn’t being the student I know I am and the student I know I can be. I have quickly found a sense of belonging at this incredible university and I refuse to go back home 6 hours away because of my laziness in the classroom.
Though it is cliché, it honestly is the little things. You never gave off the impression that you just come to class to collect a paycheck. You genuinely showed concern and interest in your students, and on behalf of the class of 2016 computer science. i say THANK YOU SO MUCH AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY.
Timothy Tandoh
Class Rep
class of 2016 Computer Science GIMPA

What do you think about the message? How should I even reply, for I am dumbfounded?

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