Goal of School District: to create “Self-directed learners who accept responsibility for their own physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being, make decisions independently, develop life skills, adapt to an ever-changing world, and are accountable for their actions.”…..Oh…hey…yeah…. that’s right! How do school districts trying to steer themselves toward this path stray from this goal? So, so excited and grateful to see educators in our school district climbing towards true engagement and empowerment to get at the heart of education: “…to prepare students to live productive, engaged, and satisfying lives”.
Like many other teachers, I use my summer to reset, refresh, and recharge for the coming year. For me, that means I finally get the time to engage with the words and the voices of people who are interested in shifting the way we–I hate this term–“do school.” However, for the past three years (more or less ever since I moved from 21 years as a middle-school teacher to my current high-school position) my head has been swimming in the voices and words of these people. You see, I’ve not been able to smoothly negotiate the tremendous chasm between the culture of learning in a middle school and the culture of learning at a high school.
And the differences are as vast as I suggest. The pressure for grades, the pressure for academic standing, the pressure for students’ and teachers’ time, the pressure for (insert your own observation here
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