During my lunch break today, I got to thinking about all of the classes I had this morning and the time that I have gotten to spend with them over the years. I was inspired by the question of, "Why are we in school?"
I've had some conversations with students who have told me that they do not want to work hard because then they'll get harder work. I don't understand that because I've always thought that we are in constant pursuit of becoming better people. Isn't this part of the reason why we come to school?
I don't think we're in school because our parents need somewhere to send us so that they can go to work. If that were true, we could be home with a babysitter or sitting in a day care somewhere watching soap operas.
I don't think we're in school just to waste time or just spend time (depending on your thought process). Wasting time means that it doesn't have a value to you. Spending time means that you know that you have a limited amount of time and you know it has some value. I'm pretty sure were here to invest some time so that we can get a return on our investment in the form of better thinking and being better people.
You are here to get something out of your time you are investing. Even if it's something as small as learning how to get along with someone better. Or learning when to talk and when not to talk. Or how to read better and faster. Or how to do math well so that people don't take advantage of you when you get older. Or what happened in the past and how they fixed it so that we don't have to do that all over again. Or how to show respect so that you earn respect in return. All valuable lesson worth your investment of your time and energy.
And in reality, you are not that far away from heading out into the "real world" and having to take care of yourselves. I hope you realize that some day, your parents are going to want to stop working and won't be able to take care of you any more. Enjoy the moments you have of being a kid while staying open to the lessons you need to learn to take on that role of taking care of yourself. Besides, do you really want someone else to be in control of you for the rest of your life?
I was talking to another teacher today and they asked me a question and we wondered why students don't figure this out andmake the most of it.
The question was about why students feel the need to talk all the time. Or atleast why they feel the need to talk over eachother. It was posed wondering why students haven't figured out that if they listen when they're supposed to listen and talk when they're supposed to talk that you would have more friends and get more recognition and approval. Eventually the good behavior will lead to tangible results and more things they really enjoy doing.
If you have any thoughts on this, start a discussion. If you have possible solutions, we'd love to hear them.
Here is situation that I have had happen a few times lately. There are a few students who insist that they want to be the teacher. They tell me when things are done and how to do them the right way. They sometimes give me small compliments telling me that I'm doing it right.
What type of personality would you think they are?
How would you as a fellow student interact with them?
How would you as a teacher interact with them?