Often times teachers are teaching for the test or collecting a paycheck. At least throughout my school career in high school that was what I experienced. Sadly, many of the teachers that I had grouping up did this. That was when I decided that I wanted to never be like them, that I wanted my students to master each concept. Now, I know there are to many standards for my students to master each one of them but I will do my best to make sure they understand the best that they possibly can. The article “9 Elephants in the (Class)room That Should “Unsettle” Us” really hit me hard. They really made good points but if I had to pick only a few I think the ones that affected me the most was we know that most of our students will forget most of the content that they “learn” in school, we know that most of our students are bored and disengaged in school, and we know that we’re not assessing many of the things that really matter for future success. Now, if those three don’t bother you I don’t know what will.
To me these hit me the hardest because I have seen this throughout my own education as well as while I have observed. The first one I have listed hit me the hardest because I feel that it goes back to teachers and schools only teaching for the tests. Going back to the mastering idea I want my students to learn and take the things I teach them into the real world. I don’t them to learn them to get through the test and then forget about them. The second one also hit me hard because I know that some classes I have not looked forward to because the teachers don’t love teaching and don’t make it fun. I believe that students should look forward to coming to school. It is their job for that time being and they should look forward to learning. It is our jobs as educators to make this happen. Lastly, not assessing the students based on what they can use in their future I think is ridiculous. I thought that as an education system we are are suppose to prepare them to go into the the real world.
Now, I think that because those hit me so hard it is my job in my classroom to change them. I want the students to understand why they are learning what they they are learning. How it can benefit them for later on in life. I know that not all concepts can be the most fun but I will do my best to make the learning fun in my classroom. I want to stray away from always doing worksheets and use more hands on learning to make it more fun. I believe by doing all this it will show what they have learned on their tests. It is our job as future educators to help fix the broken system, to take these 9 elephants and effectively change them in our own classrooms!
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