Saturday, December 3, 2011
Meeting My Students Right There
Cheating the Gifted" I don't agree with most of the article from this site however it did make me stop, think and reflect. Not about gifted students and not about average students and not about special education students but about students. The 23 students in my class this year-the 23 students that I am lucky enough to spend 6 1/2 hours a day with although not 6 1/2 hours teaching which is another whole blog post. The 23 students who I want to teach about how a book can take them anywhere when you are having a bad day. I want them to think about how to do a science experiment differently so that they can learn about variables. I want my students to learn that a writer's notebook is something treasured that can hold all of their personal thoughts and will never be graded. I want them to learn in math how to solve a problem 3 different ways and not just how to get the correct answer for our state test in May. In addition, I want them to learn how to be problem solvers, high level thinkers and collaborators where their ideas and dreams matter and are valued. Sometimes I just need to stop and realize why I am teaching----it's all about my students and where ever they fall on the spectrum of learning--- I will meet them right there.