“You know, Ms. C,” K posed during a class discussion, “if they tested us on real stuff, all the kids in this class would get a 100.” We sat around thinking about it. Silent for a few moments.
“I’m sure your right, K.”
“Yeah, if they taught us something we really needed, we’d learn it,” M said.
John Dewey, a turn-of-the-century education theorist, proposed in his Pedagogic Creed that “education … is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.” He professed that “…school must represent present life – life as real and vital to the child as that which he carries on in the home, in the neighborhood, or on the playground.” I don’t think most of us (teachers) would disagree. I hope we don’t disagree. I think what’s keeping us from doing this work in own classrooms are the various demands placed upon us by administrators, state standards, testing requirements.
Dlcamelot commented in Introductions that she has “…been thrown so much ‘valuable information’ and talked about education till [her] ears fall off” that I fear that I, too, will only offer ‘valuable information’ and not the substance you desperately need to do more than just teach standards and meet testing requirements.
I will offer three ideas, take-aways we used to call them when I was a cm, that you could implement tomorrow or any day in your classroom. Links posted, if available, after each description. Stop by for the first of three tomorrow.