An idea to spark education on the world
Have you ever read Freedom Writers and wanted to be that teacher that moves a classroom with a single movement? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ditch the educational system for one day, and teach the way you want? I think students in the American education system are being jipped in every aspect from the special ones, to the normal ones. We are not catering to life lessons but teaching like robotic nimrods who only see one perspective in our education. I think it’s time to set a change, to bring forth action, and to teach like it matters even if you feel you are being underpaid with no real heart to fix the matter. I will tell you a secret. One that will carry with you even though I am not a teacher myself I believe the idea if pushed or pressed will bring forth a change in behavior, and earnest in the children we see.
Life is not about how much mathematics, english, social studies, or any subject in between. We learn the studies to understand ourselves better. A person will never know a duck from a cat if it wasn’t for those fun picture books with sounds we had as kids right? I think one thing we miss in the classroom is how to have fun and learn. Most children feel obscurely like everything they learn has to be drilled to them even when they get into high school. I think highschool learning is especially tough because teachers want to pressure kids into being prepared for college. However, you can teach a lesson with a little humor, fun, and expression that will still leave a learning impression on them. The best college teachers are the one’s that don’t just drone on and on till you cry yourself asleep but use tactics like movies, humor, examples, expressions, and life lessons to captivate the students.
Our ability to learn is on our ability to remember and drilling stuff works, but having a memorable moment that you can look back on helps as well. My secret is in the form of five things. Yes. I say five things because the secret is not objects but things you can do to make students more engaging, and willing to open up to your education as a teacher.
- Put one school day aside to teach the way you want, and about what you want ( break free of curriculum for one day a week like a friday. What this does is gives students the fun in the classroom they need no matter the age. If you are a teacher teaching in twelfth grade we can adjust a math classroom to make it more innovative. Teach the students math that matters on that one day like math with money, or math with a financial backing. I honestly think this type of math will be more useful as the students try to land their first job. However, this step is not just limited to core classes. If you are an art teacher you can make that day as draw anything the students want. We need to focus on keeping children interested in the classroom keep the content relative, and they will be more willing to do homework, speak up, and talk to you.
- Engagement is the equivalent to hands on learning in college. You want your students to want to learn, and to do this we can not always stick to the curriculum. You need to be able to break from it, and to show students cool ideas in the class you are teaching. I remember my psychology teacher use to quiz us on anything from Disney to music. The point of the quiz I think was just to get to know what the students know about modern society, and what we like as a class. It’s a way to get to know your students. A way to thrive in the classroom. A bad student is being a bad student because the class feels boring, lacks interest, or it feels uncool. If you make your classroom somewhere the child wants to be there is less you have to respond to.
- The rule of conduct for me is that you want to be memorable. You want people to think back about moments in your class and feel inspired. I know there are very few teachers that leave that mark on society. Always be strategic in making your ideas work. You want to teach but teach just enough where the child feels less like they are being drilled and more like they are learning.
Anyways, I think these are the things that will make students cry when your year together is over. I want you test this out, get creative, be spontaneous, and break a few rules will ya?
- Don’t be a bore. Don’t walk into class handing students assignments and expecting them to just do that assignment in class. I think this will cause the most trouble in life.