In research, Dr. Bates really helped guide me through the process, and that helped me immensely with what I’m pursuing now in college! He also always brought a bit of my favorite humor in class, and that made the class more fun and comfortable.
A teacher should be a source of motivation, must believe in the student, and must make the student feel comfortable enough to approach the teacher when they are struggling or are not understanding something. I never really lacked motivation, but for some students, it only takes one teacher believing in them for them to believe in themselves. Dr. Bates, thank you for believing in me.
One of the biggest things for me that Dr. Bates brought as a teacher was the personal aspect of education. He got to know his students and allowed them to learn the material in a way they would remember. I am proud of the personal growth that his class taught me.
I remember how Dr. Bates treated both myself and the people in our class. You made us feel like individuals, men and women with ideas that were to be respected. I did well on the APUSH exam, and although that’s probably because of how well he excelled in keeping all that history stuff inside my head… I have to say it was more so due to the fact that I respected what Dr. Bates was teaching me because he respected what I had to say.
Dr. Bates believed in me and that meant the most out of anything he ever did! I could tell he was invested in my future and genuinely cared.
With Dr. Bates’s help, I was able to develop some strong studying and organizational habits. He was easy and approachable to ask questions, and it fostered a comfortable/safe/and interesting learning environment. I knew that Dr. Bates cared about the material he was teaching and also cared about making sure we understood things and felt prepared.
Students should be given independence and the opportunity to connect the material back to something that is important to them, and Dr. Bates helped me do this. He was willing to explain things to me more than once and gave me the tools to run with that I was learning and make it into my own thing.
I never felt intimidated on the AP U.S. History exam. I know that for a lot of people the writing portion of the exam is the scariest part, they get overwhelmed, but by practicing with Dr. Bates, it felt like just another day in class instead of a big scary essay.
Dr. Bates is extremely helpful and gets you thinking beyond what you need. He’s super supportive and is easy to talk to!
Ryan always extended a hand when someone reached out for help, and that is one of the best traits a teacher should have.