Day 155 (of 188) inquiry into wearing ‘other shoes’
Been doing some thinking about a couple of things I’ve been hearing
I’ve head some statements about high school not being as ‘rigorous’ as in the past and graduation being easier than ever. And how graduates don’t know how to work the way they did in the past. All things I think I heard when I was graduating….and in fact, I also heard: The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.
Mind you, that was said by Socrates around 2400 years ago…..
I have also hear critiques about how early education is all about play. Airy Fairy stuff. And memorizing spellings & times tables should be good enough….or are they: http://hechingerreport.org/memorizers-are-the-lowest-achievers-and-other-common-core-math-surprises/
And then I heard from our Director of Instruction that next year we are going to be kicking off the year with a whole-district edcamp andkickoff into inquiry groups. And a couple of brief questions to one of my secondary colleagues convinced me even more.
I think it’s time for a “walk a mile in their shoes” inquiry group. I’m going to be planting seeds for a group of secondary and elementary educators to ‘trade places’ a couple of times. At first staring with dayplanes prepared by the ‘home’ teacher, but over time it might be very interesting to see what happens…… and of course, I’ll be trying to take part and do a switch with a secondary colleague or middle school – I’m not picky (I’ve also had the benefit of teaching K-12 – though it has been a while with the older learners).
And of course if this goes well, the next step may indeed be ‘spending the day as a student’ – who knows!