This morning I was watching my kids--girl, 10, and boy,8--play with the two guinea pigs they got for Christmas. They had received these after convincing their rodent-phobe mom these were great pets. How did they? They did a couple hours of on-line research, then prepared a PowerPoint slideshow making their case. Obviously, it worked. Anyway, today they had constructed out of multiple simple objects a vast amusement park for the critters all over our sunroom. Naturally, this got me thinking.
One of the things I love about the possibilities raised by hot topics in education right now is how it can restore the fun and joy to learning. There's so much emphasis on creativity, design, and collaboration.
Things that have to change in schools in general are rather obvious. But lately I've been thinking quite a bit about small things that educators do that work against the desired vision. I'll give you my latest pet peeve: teachers telling students they have to learn something "because it will be on the test." This time-honored carrot sends the wrong message.
I believe it's important to take an honest look at ourselves and ask what we do that we would like to change. So I'm wondering what things--small and big--you would add to a rant list.