Teachers get the benefit of being active in a classroom every day, which means they get a better view of what our students are really learning and how much they are actually learning. I believe teachers should have a huge say in how our schools run, rather than someone who is never really in a classroom.
My eyes were opened to a lot of things that take place in school after I read 9 Elephants in the (Class)Room that Should “Unsettle” Us. I found this article really interesting and that teachers and administrators need to also read this. A few of the “elephants” that stuck out to me the most are the three below.
- We know that most of our students will forget most of the content that they “learn” in school.
This one really stuck out to me because I have been this student before. I have tried to memorize what is going to be on the test so that I can get a good grade. But that is not what school is supposed to be about. School should be a place where students go to learn about their passions and want to be engaged. Students should leave school every day knowing that they learned something important to them. If we focused on teaching students’ relevant material, maybe students would become more engaged and motivated to learn and not just get good grades.
- We know that most of our students are bored and disengaged in school.
Not many times do we hear students get excited about going to school. Why is that? It is because school isn’t fun or exciting. Sitting in a desk for nearly eight hours gets old and boring. I think if school was more hands on and activity based that students might enjoy their time at the school instead of dreading it. I also think if what the students were learning was something they were interested in, it would make a huge difference. As a future teacher, I want students to enjoy coming to my class. I want it to be a fun learning environment where students want to participate and engage in the lesson. We as teachers hold this responsibility of motivating and engaging our students.
- We know that we’re not assessing many of the things that really matter for future success.
When I was in high school, students would always ask, “When am I going to use this in the future?” This is a great question. When are students going to use some of the material and content they learn in school, probably never if it doesn’t pertain to their future job. Instead of learning how to do taxes or budget properly, students are learning material that they most likely won’t use depending on their job. As a learner, I wish I would have learned more about real life situations that I am now facing as an adult. I would have loved to learn about living on my own, and how to budget in college. As a future parent, I want my children to learn about healthy lifestyles. I think learning how to eat healthy, and the importance of exercising is a key factor in living a happy life!
We send children to school so that they can learn how to be a productive citizen. Instead of preparing them for the future, we are so focused on curriculum and content that doesn’t seem relevant to life. I believe there is a lot of great things that we are teaching,but we could do better! We need to step upto the plate and take a stand.
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