This is the question I wish people would ask me when they visit my classroom. But few do. I don’t know if they are afraid of the answer, if they don’t want to know the answer, or if they are worried I might ask them the same question. I spend a LOT of time thinking about WHY in my practice. Why isn’t a student responding to my teaching? Why is a student able to do something today that they couldn’t yesterday? Why are children behaving that way? It is probably this diagnostic in-depth examination of both my students and my practice that has allowed me to continuously deepen my understanding of what I do every day and why I do it. And I really wish people would ask me about it.
Not because I know all the answers. I don’t. But I like the challenge of having to defend to what I’m doing.
I like to take in an educational TEDX talk every week and this week while watching Seth Godin’s TEDX talk about “What is School for” I couldn’t help but think about why people don’t want to know more about why schools need to change and why they seem satisfied to accept the status quo, dismal as it may be.
I don’t know the answer. So, this week, I am asking for your help. I’d really like to hear your thoughts on these questions:
This first one is for teachers:
Why aren’t students more motivated to learn things in school? Why do they learn things and then often forget them the following year?
This next one is for parents:
Why does your child dislike homework? Why do they say “I don’t know” when you ask them about what they learned in school today?
This last one is for educational leaders:
Why aren’t you talking more about why things need to change? Why aren’t you asking teachers why they are continuing to do things that aren’t working?
I am posting the link again to Seth Godin’s TEDX talk about “What is School for because I really think it’s worth watching. Why?
Watch it and see.
Leave a comment about one of the WHY questions I’ve asked.
I would really like to know what you think.
Dedicated teacher for the past 15 years. Lifelong learner. Newbie blogger. Follow me on Twitter @Baker1973Cathy