Student Comments

Here are comments students made about my class in their end-of-semester evaluations.

Fall 2022 at Ohio University

“The professor gave a really good overview of what projects we will be working on and gave good instructions on what we need to do.”

“I think he was most beneficial at providing examples and explaining alternative ways to think about content.”

“My instructor was effective in many ways. First, he gave in-class assignments that directly helped prepare us for an upcoming essay or something similar. He also made an effort to learn about who we were, and how we were doing which showed. He was good at getting his lessons across, and had a productive, and fun learning environment.”

“The instructor was exemplary in breaking down assignments for easy comprehension. He clearly explained the grading criteria for new projects. In introducing these new projects, he gave clearly effective teaching material. His assignments were good for seeing concepts in action. He gave plenty of examples of what to do and what to avoid. Lastly, he was present all around. He offered his help both in and out of class. Even when I was confused, I understood exactly which resources I could refer to in order to be successful.”

“The most helpful thing the professor did was he was always available for outside class times, and he answered emails very quickly.”

“All around Dr. Smith was a fantastic teacher. Very personable, asked everyone how they were doing and made class fun. Always made sure we understood stood what we were doing and gave beneficial feedback.”

“Dr. Smith was just a very understanding and well-educated professor who I felt I could be myself and learn in a way that best worked for me.”

“He made it very clear that he was available outside of class for assistance, and went over the easiest ways to contact him. He also checked around on students regularly even if it was just a free-work period.”

“He was really helpful and answered questions quickly and effectively.”

“I feel like my instructor did a great job at explaining what was needed to be done for each assignment and was a very well rounded professor. He was very good at giving the material out fairly and explaining what was needed to be done.”

“Dr. Smith was extremely helpful and courteous during class time, he effectively gave out helpful information and explained all the criteria amazingly.”

“He explained things very plainly and straightforward. Everything I had to do was clear to me.”

“He was very helpful with responding to emails.”

“I really like the feedback criteria, gave good constructive criticism without bringing my mood down because he also included things we did well on instead of just pointing out the bad things, or what we did wrong.”

“I think the most effective things Dr. Smith did were being thorough during in class activities and assigning things that were actually helpful and not just busy work.”

“The instructor gave us class time to work on our essays and it was helpful that he encouraged the class work and to take assignments step by step.”

“He helped me be a better writer in such a short time”

“Super supportive and encouraging”

Spring 2022 at The Ohio State University

Instructor of Record for School and Society

“Professor Smith, now Dr. Smith was very well prepared. Always early for class, and willing to do whatever he could to help students. Amazing person, and excited for his career to continue!”

“Spencer, or Dr. Smith (congrats!), clearly laid–out the expectations, agenda, and main assignments from the start. He organized material very well on Carmen so it was easy to find and provided exa[m]ples of assignments. I appreciate how Dr. Smith practices what he prea[c]hes in terms of reflection, open–mindedness, how to treat students well, and creating an engaging learning environment. He worked with me to give me opportunities to improve upon my assignments and gave specific, helpful feedback and reasoning for the grade he gave. I found the discussion based classes engaging and my ideas felt heard. Dr. Smith also did a good job of including people on zoom despite the challenges that poses. Lastly, with the difficult/hot–topics and a variety of students, Dr. Smith excelled in handling the material and discussions, hearing everyone’s opinion and not making judgements on it, but inviting everyone to think for themselves.”

I really enjoyed this course and everything that we discussed in it! I think professor Smith did a great job of engaging all of the students in class through different assignments and class discussions/activities.”

“Great class. Well organized and extremely interesting.”

“Professor Smith did a great job with caring for his students and making sure we understood the material. He went above and beyond to make sure his students were okay and that they felt comfortable participating in class. Overall this course was extremely beneficial for me in my knowledge for my future career.”

Teaching Assistant for Proseminar in Educational Studies

“I enjoyed having Spencer’s perspective in class. He seemed instrumental in organizing the evolving nature of this course.”

“Dr. Spencer was good and I appreciated his professionalism in dealing with me and my cohort.”

“Spencer was helpful and friendly.”

Autumn 2021 at The Ohio State University

Instructor of Record for School and Society

“This course was very well organized and I received plenty of support from my very enthusiastic instructor.”

“Overall, I really enjoyed this course. I appreciated the way the instructor welcomed diversity in the classroom and gave us the opportunity to share personal experiences.”

“I enjoyed this course very much! Spencer is very knowledgeable about the subjects we learned, always encouraged discussion, and cares a lot about his students.”

“Spencer is a great instructor. I wasn’t excited about this course because it has little to do with my major, but he made it engaging. I learned a lot about the field of education and the ways it affects all of us. I really liked the format of the class – weekly journals for accountability for readings and discussions in–class. Our class discussions were engaging and productive, and I learned a lot from my peers. I would recommend this course and Spencer to a friend”

“I believe that Mr. Smith is an excellent teacher for this course for many reasons. He always seems very interested and engaged in the various topics we talk about. The way that he approached the curriculum was very beneficial for me. I really enjoy/learn from, the weekly journals we had, the projects, his lectures, and group presentations.”

“Spencer is a very helpful instructor! He is passionate about what he teaches!”

“This class was probably one of the most interesting classes I’ve taken so far. Spencer did a great job facilitating discussion and encouraging us to think about situations from multiple points of view.”

“This is my favorite education class I’ve taken so far. Spencer is a fantastic professor! I really liked the way he organized our class and the assignments he chose. He always made sure that we had a thorough understanding of our assignments and reminded us when due dates were coming up. I could tell that the wanted us to succeed.”

Teaching Assistant for Proseminar in Educational Studies

“Spencer did a great job, especially on the week that he got to teach our class. He was very helpful, especially in sharing his own experiences and perspectives as a graduate student.”

“Spencer was an excellent TA for the course.”

“I wish Dr. Quaye had let Spencer take the lead more often in class!”

“Spencer was readily available and gave honest and useful feedback. It was easy to tell that he is dedicated to students and wants to give them realistic assistance.”

Spring 2021 at The Ohio State University

“Spencer is so nice to everyone and you can tell he really cares about what he is doing.”

“This is probably one of the best professors I have had so far, he’s so willing to help us learn and even offered hard deadlines so we can submit papers early to get them edited so we can revise them for the final deadline and even after the final deadline we can still revise to get those points back.”

“I really enjoyed the setup with how the students got to teach about Philosophers and it was not just you lecturing the whole time. Also thank you for being understanding with COVID and how it is impacting people daily.”

“Spencer was great, accommodating with circumstances, and made sure the course was challenging; but feasibly completable in a pandemic. I enjoyed this course.”

“He was easily the most understanding and caring teacher during this pandemic. I will forever be grateful for his kindness and help while I was drowning in other classes.”

“loved the way it was taught”

“I loved this course! I loved that every week was a new opportunity for discussion, and every student is welcomed to share their opinions. This course was a breath of fresh air in comparison to the other courses I had this semester, and I really appreciated that! The workload felt like it was a perfect amount”

“i thought this was one of the best classes I have taken at OSU. Not only was the class interesting but it closely connected to the real world and problems we see today as students. The professor did a great job instructing the class and keeping the conversation relevant and stimulating.”

“He was one of the most accommodating professors I had during this tough year and truly cares about his students’ mental health. The class was also very interesting and interactive. Probably one of the best professors I have had at OSU.”

“Mr. Smith is an excellent teacher, who not only gives out assignments but challenges us to think outside of the material. Very caring and regularly checks up on students.”

“This course was on of my absolute favorites, and the professor made the class both interesting and fun. I specifically enjoyed the individual presentations we had to give on philosophers, it really helped me go above and beyond what I already knew. I would highly suggest this class to anyone interested in an education major, as it truly helped me define how I would like to go about teaching one day. Keep up the good work!”

“I absolutely loved this class and Professor Smith is the best!! I feel like I learned so much throughout the semester and that the things I learned will be very beneficial to my future as a teacher!”

“I loved everything about this class and the way it was structured. Professor Smith made the online formatting really easy to navigate and always kept us up–to–date on upcoming assignments as well as what we needed to read for the next class meetings and over the weekends. I wish he taught more classes because I would definitely take all of them, one of my favorite professors for sure.”

“Awesome, Professor Smith was very interested in the information and knowledge he was teaching which helped me and classmates to better understand what we needed to learn and apply it to our everyday experiences.”

“Incredibly caring professor. Is very well organized, very passionate, and very kind. I would rate an 11/10.”

“Professor Smith made the classroom such a welcoming and open place. He is a great professor.”

“Overall the class was laid out very well and in an intuitive manner. Thanks much, and well done Professor Smith!”

“My favorite instructor at OSU so far (3rd year). Well organized, truly felt like he cared about his students. Asked almost every lecture how we were doing in class and out, which is super important to me as a student, especially during distance learning times.”

“Great Content! Very well informative class. Material that can be taken into the classroom for future educators and for anyone who is just wanting to understand the philosophy of education.”

“It was a great course, Professor Smith did his best with the circumstances surround COVID. It was a little difficult at times swinging the heavy reading load with all my other coursework, but the reading material was very interesting to read, I feel as if this is one of the only courses I’ve been able to retain any information from this semester.”

Fall 2020 at The Ohio State University

“I’ve had an excellent time in this class! It was very well organized and Spencer somehow created a community, even during a pandemic, which I’m very impressed by!”

“Professor Smith was excellent and very inclusive. His approach to teaching allowed students to really become engaged with the material. He was very understanding in that he exempted me from some missing discussions while i was having a hard time without me reaching out. I learned a great deal from him. It’s too bad COVID hindered the ability to have more engaging and in depth discussions, but the course was still very interesting!”

“This class was very interesting to me because I learned a lot from reading different philosophers ideas and reflecting them onto my own.”

“Spencer Smith is an amazing professor and I loved going to class everyday and he made the class interesting and enjoyable. I am definitely going to miss having him as a professor next semester.”

“Spencer was an amazing person and teacher, he made the students feel comfortable in voicing their opinions. I am thankful I took this course, it turned out to be one of my favorites.”

“I enjoyed this class so much and am grateful that I was able to partake in such constructive conversations to hopefully apply as a teacher. Spencer’s extreme interest in the subject matter was clear, and relayed his excitement about it to the students, in turn causing us to want to be engaged and excited as well.”

“My professor made this class very interesting. This has been my favorite class of the semester. Our class conversations were always interesting and sparked interesting thoughts.”

“Spencer was an amazing instructor! He ensured that every student and their needs were accounted for and helped to the best of his ability to make this semester enjoyable. You can tell he truly cares about learning and his students.”

“I really enjoyed this course and Spencer’s approach to facilitating the class as a discussion more than a lecture. Also, Spencer was
incredibly accommodating in regards to COVID and the stressors that came with this semester. This course helped me think a lot deeper about education and made philosophy much less daunting. I also was so grateful for the assignments in the course to be rooted in my own growth and success by having no hard deadlines until the end of the semester and the opportunity to edit. Thanks, Spencer, for a great semester!”

“This instructor was overall organized and had everything planned out for the course at the beginning of the semester. He encouraged individual thought, and we had many important discussions which allowed for learning to take place among everyone, himself included. He was also very understanding and flexible during this difficult time.”

“Honestly, i came into this class not excited whatsoever. From the first day, Spencer brought so much life and enthusiasm into philosophy that made me genuinely interested. All of the philosophy we read he was able to relate back to education and my mind is much more open now when it comes to teaching philosophies.”

“Spencer Smith did a great job teaching this course. He responded to questions in a timely manner and gave clear descriptions and expectations for assignments. He was very flexible with schedules from the beginning of the semester which was very helpful to relieving some stress in the pandemic. Overall, I struggled to understand some of the reading in the course but come class time the discussion he lead helped me understand and interpret the writing.”

“Loved this class very much and Spencer did a great job with how he presented the material and connected at least personally with me.”

“I really enjoyed having Spencer as an instructor. He always was available to help if you needed it, though I did not really take advantage of such opportunities. I loved the approach that was taken to educate about philosophers, using students to teach the class. He cares about his students beyond the classroom and that is the most valuable trait I believe a teacher can have.”

“Spencer encouraged us to think for ourselves, but always served as a resource. I appreciated his approach to this course by allowing us to resubmit assignments to better ourselves, instead of receiving a grade once and being done. By doing this, he encouraged us to learn continually, rather than to complete assignments solely for the grade. He was by far my favorite instructor this semester!”

Spring 2020 at The Ohio State University

“Spencer was a great professor this semester for a few reasons. First, he was genuinely interested in the well–being of his students, and he did everything in his power to make sure that we were performing well academically as well as adjusting well as human beings. After missing his class, he reached out to me to make sure that everything was alright rather than ridicule me for being absent. His course material was organized, and he encouraged us to think for ourselves in the greater context of education and morality. We were able to express our opinions without fear of being judged, and I genuinely enjoyed the environment that he tried to create in the classroom. His transition to online coursework was seamless, and he remains available to his students for whatever they may need.”

Fall 2019 at The Ohio State University

“Spencer Smith was a great educator who genuinely cared for the class materials and for his students, I couldn’t have asked for a better professor for Ethics of Education.”

“This class was amazing. We had so many relevant conversations about real situations. We were really able to explore different ethical situations and open each other’s eyes with regards to how different cultures may be affected by different scenarios”

Spring 2019 at The Ohio State University

“Spencer is a great teacher! He was very interested in the topic he was teaching and it was obvious.”

“Spencer is a great teacher. We had great class discussions and the material was always topical and fun to learn. I think Spencer is an awesome teacher and this course is very essential to my career as a teacher.”

“He cared about his topic and gave each student a chance.”

“Overall, I really enjoyed this class and I think Spencer is a great, thought provoking professor!”

“Spencer is a very intellectual person and he deeply cares about the subject matter. It really shines through in his instruction, and I found this class enjoyable.”

“I really appreciated the flexible deadlines and the opportunity for feedback.”

“The instructor was really good and flexible which created a good learning atmosphere in the classroom.”

“Not having hard due dates was a huge help, it made submitting the project much less stressful.”

“I really enjoyed this class. Spencer knows a lot about ethics and loves to let us as his students state our stance on the ethical question. He is also very good at letting us redo assignments in order to get the best possible grade.”

“Spencer was a great professor. He took his time and was very concerned about us really understanding the content as it was a bit confusing in itself.”

Fall 2018 at The Ohio State University

“Spencer Smith was very professional and very helpful! He was relatable to the students and to the material”

“Hands down the best instructor I had this semester. He was approachable and was always prepared to help. I would recommend him to any of my friends without hesitation.”

“Spencer was one of the best teachers I had this semester. He genuinely cared about the students and brought up great questions in class that helped not only me, but my peers, in thinking ethically in regards to the teaching profession.”

“Spencer was the best teacher I had this semester. He taught my class with a personal touch and was willing to bend and mold his lesson plans to what we needed that day. He gave us in–class work time, which is unheard of in college but very helpful, and he made me feel incredibly seen and heard. This class relied heavily on discussion, which I do not normally like, but Spencer made me feel comfortable enough that I still did well in this class”

“SPENCER SMITH IS GREAT!!! I thoroughly enjoyed going to class each time. The class seemed very conversation based and our opinions mattered. Community building was natural as the environment made it easy to befriend classmates. I have a friend taking this class next semester with Spencer and I am so excited for her. 10/10 experience!”

“Overall, Spencer was a wonderful instructor with a contagious excitement about education. He encouraged us to think for ourselves and to think critically. He challenged us to view situations differently and to share our thoughts, stimulating conversation and growth. He genuinely cared about each and every one of us and made an effort to check in and ensure that we were okay. He did his best to accommodate our schedules and make this class one of learning, rather than required assignments. I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It has truly been one of my favorite classes”

“I really love this class because the instructor taught us well. I also love the discussion part of this class because we learned a lot about others’ perspectives of the sections.”

“This class was awesome! It produces true opinions and emotions about the way that we react in the realm of education. Actions previously motivated by values or familiarity are checked hard and fast through discussions, reflections and writing assignments….I do not think there is an assigned or discussion that I did not enjoy on some level in this class.”

“My favorite class this semester, really encouraged me to speak up in class, which is abnormal for me.”

“Overall, I really enjoyed the class and thought it was well organized and the assignments helped me to think critically about ethical situations in the education community and better helped me in my teaching career.”

“I appreciate the welcoming classroom atmosphere and it seems that you are very considerate of every student. Really loved this course!”

Spring 2017 at Ohio University

“Effective in relating material to students”

“Gave positive feedback and gave engaging lectures”

“He gave good feedback on work.”

“Instructor was very understanding and reasonable.”

“The instructor did things that were effective such as watching videos that went with the course material. It gave a better understanding of what we were learning in the class….”

“What he did the most that was effective was put our readings into the classroom. He would always have us discuss so people could see everyones point of view.”

Fall 2016 at Ohio University

“He is very helpful in and outside of class.”

“He was most effective I think with our online quizzes and in class discussions….”

“His explanations were always helpful”

“Spencer had us analyze and write about topics that interested us which made the class a lot more enjoyable. Topics were open to our creativity, but the assignments were structured to where we would still be learning and the required material.”

“The instructor was very helpful and provided ample feedback on how to improve on assignments and essay writing skills.”

“very helpful and obviously wanted to help the students”

“Being able to show us how to use new writing tools by giving us some examples in class really helped me. I did like the badge system felt like Christmas when I would receive one. I don’t think you need to improve on anything, but you do need to have more confidence in yourself, we all make mistakes. Overall amazing teacher”

“Giving time in class to speak with him about the chosen materials for long assignments was very helpful. I enjoyed being able to have help with using the online databases to find research and then being able to present my chosen idea in relation to that research. Active in class feedback in this area was very helpful to my writing.”

“He taught really well and made office hours readily available for everyone.”

“He was able to give constructive feedback on different papers.”

“He was always helpful in and outside of the classroom”

“I felt that I had some creative freedom in this course. “

“I really like how passionate he is about his class and the success of his students. I like that he uses badges to determine final grades because then you have something to work towards. “

“the professor was most effective with involving the class and allowing us to learn from each other in group participation”

“My instructor, Spencer Smith, did a fantastic job of communicating what needed to be completed, how to complete it, what was expected of us, and how it would be graded. Overall, I am incredibly happy that I had his class at the beginning of my college career because the skills and knowledge I gained by taking his class will be immensely helpful for the rest of my academic journey. The one critique I would have for Instructor Smith is that at times he is to generous with lazy and/or underperforming students. I worked hard to ensure I would get an A in his class, while some turned in assignments late or turned in incomplete work and they didn’t seem to get any punishment for this laziness.”

Spring 2016 at Ohio University

“He really helped me become a better writer and he knew what he was teaching.”

“He went over what we had to read for that class, so it was easier to understand.”

“The instructor never failed to give great useful feedback. He was always finding something that we can improve on and showed real interest in our work”

“The instructor really made sure we understood the subject matter of the paper before we wrote it and if we felt like we had a problem or concern in writing the paper the instructor helped make things clear. “

“The instructor was very passionate and interested in what he was teaching, which was showed during his lectures…”

“gave clear explanations and examples”

“he gave us 50% and 80% drafts before the final paper was due which was helpful.”

Fall 2015 at Ohio University

“His office hours were very helpful. I visited multiple times for extra help outside class; spencer was great with advice and spent the time really helping me understand the content”

“Instructor was very helpful and gave great feedback. I liked how he set the papers up in steps having us turn in an intro, 50%, 80% and then final along with a peer review. It really helped me to improve my paper along the way. “

“Professor Smith was very engaged when talking which kept me attentive and interested in what he was lecturing.”

“The instructor was really nice and was really good at keeping the class under control. He always talked about the readings from the night before and was always available for questions on assignments.”

“he utilized the time of the class and had a good idea of what he was talking about”

“spencer did a really good job of making himself available to his students if they needed help. there were multiple times where i stayed after class to ask him a question and he was always willing to give me the help i needed….”