What School Should Be…. Student’s Vision of School from Imagining Learning listening session from Charleston, SC!
What does your vision of your ideal learning journey look like?
Got this in an email from a student.
Teaching isn’t about changing minds, it’s about opening doors.
Sure, I’d love to! And that course is EXACTLY what I’m taking- 9th grade honors biology.
Things I like:
- I am genuinely interested in the topics we are learning about, and I feel as if the book we’re using (Prentice Hall Biology: Exploring Life) does a good job explaining most topics.
- Labs. The more hands-on activities you have, the better. We’re teenagers, sitting around listening to an adult talk for an hour is probably the most boring thing we can think of. Labs help me to really understand the concepts because I can see them put into action right in front of me.
Things I don’t like:
- My teacher hand writes the notes on the Smartboard. Please, type your notes.
- If you can avoid it, don’t spend an entire class having the students take notes while you talk. This is really dull for everyone involved, and we don’t get that much out of it. Break up the monotony with a video or a small demonstration.
- If your curriculum requires formal lab reports, try to give your students enough time to work on them. If the lab is done on Wednesday, a due date of the following Monday would be ample time. A due date of Friday is NOT enough time.
- People will laugh when you teach about the reproductive systems. Don’t try too hard to stop it, let them giggle for a little- it will eventually calm down once it’s not funny anymore.