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Why are you working on that?

Why are you working on that?

I’m astounded at how often my children do things for class without understanding the bigger reasons behind WHY they’re doing those things. The conversation usually goes something like this: Me: What are you working on?Them: [random learning task]Me: Why are you working on that? How does that fit into the overall picture of what you’re...

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Compliance remains the central goal

Alfie Kohn said: Whether or not it’s stated explicitly, compliance remains the central goal of most classroom management programs, character education initiatives, and parenting resources. Sure, we stress the virtues of independent thinking and assertiveness, but mostly in the context of getting kids to resist peer pressure. If a child has the temerity to resist...

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Getting children excited to stand in line

The Hechinger Report profiled a teacher who uses the Class Dojo behavior modification software to “get children excited about things like staying in line.” Really? Yeah, I’m sure kids are “excited” to be manipulated into compliance. I call BS. Also, I’m pretty sure that our global economic and social transformations are being driven by creative...