Why don’t teachers give their students evaluations on their class at the end of the year?
Why do teachers complain about a kid after they tell them that their class is boring?
Why do teachers repeatedly complain that kids are getting lazy and apathetic?
Why are teachers not tapped into how kids really feel about their class?
Last year I listened to a group of kids get interviewed about their school experience. As the kids reflected on their school experience and I just cringed. How did so many teachers not realize that the kids felt like they were just wasting their time?
In the movie the Matrix, Morpheus offers Nemo two pills. One is red, one is blue. If Nemo takes the red pill, he will see the truth. If he takes the blue pill, he can believe whatever he wants too.
Her last post is written to teachers: “I can’t tell you how to teach, but I can tell you what I think from a student’s perspective.” She includes many good reminders to teachers in her post. I won’t include them here…click on the previous hyperlink. As a matter of fact…stop reading teacher blogs today and just scroll through her posts to get a perspective on school through the eyes of a pupil. You will not be wasting your time.
When you are done with her posts, check out her twitter home page.
I love the wit and boldness of her bio line. “…I’m here to leave a legacy.”
What if we were all so bold in our teaching?
As I write this my daughter is researching and preparing for a presentation that she initiated at her school. She is upset that the school is starting to hand out tickets for “good behavior” and using other PBIS initiatives. She wants it to end. She has been reading everything from Alfie Kohn to a book on public speaking. Cameron states in her last post “If I set my mind to it, I could search and dive into topics that no teacher has ever taught me, WITHOUT waking up at six in the morning and lugging my book bag onto a crowded bus to school.” My daughter is getting the same education right now in her room glued to an ipad.
The kids are taking the red pills, maybe we should too…
You might also enjoy my other blog, They Never Taught Me That In School.