Here are some data from a workshop I did with 80 educators…
What would this look like in your school? What could / should it look like?
Here are some more positive comments from the participants:
We enjoy celebrating out of class interests and talents
It’s great to let students choose their own topics based on their own interests for assignments whenever possible
Personal Finance class – students put together their own personal finance plans
Give choices in reading, math, and writing
Allow kids to come up with alternative assessments, as long as they apply to topic at hand
Anytime we can personalize assignments it gives them a chance to insert their passion
And some less positive comments:
Just because someone likes peas doesn’t mean you should feed them peas everyday. Sometimes you need to introduce something new.
One of my high school students said all he wants to do is “party” when he is an adult. It is hard to discuss that one in class!
Are their interests now the same interests they’ll have as an adult w/a family?
Their interests are nothing we have to assess
Is it the teacher’s job to motivate every student?
The Iowa Core doesn’t really allow for students’ passions to be incorporated into the classroom
Most of their interests are not part of the Common Core
Curriculum demands make it difficult–too much assessing
A number of students do not have Internet access or a computer at home.
Many do the quickest and easiest way
What are your thoughts?