- The Grade Nine student who talks and talks and talks when you’re talking is not necessarily not listening. (now there’s a sentence). They can talk and intake information at the same time. It’s quite the skill.
- The student who resists writing with a pen is not necessarily lazy. Give them a computer keyboard and their fingers fly.
- The student who does not format properly is not necessarily a bad writer.
- The student who says ‘I don’t know’ does not necessarily have little to say. Sometimes, given the right circumstance, they write and write and write.
- The class that is happy and working well today will not necessarily be that way tomorrow. The opposite is also true. Class dynamic is a mind trip.
- The student who receives praise will not necessarily process it well. Sometimes it makes them freeze. This is heartbreaking, when all you want to do is tell them they did a good job.
- The student who you least expect to process praise well, so why bother to praise them, will show you how hard they can work just because some one told them they did a good job.
- Dividing a project into baby steps is not necessarily dumbing down the project. The whole point of my current project is to teach idea gathering for plays in a manner that allows any student (any student, not just inherently creative students) to move forward with a play. The smaller the step, the easier the process is to digest and the more willing the student is to take the next step. Take too big a step and students get lost in the middle of the instruction. I have learned that this process needs more steps than I thought. We’re still doing the same work, just with more steps.
- Teenagers can’t think. Teenagers are dumb. Teenagers have no creativity. Teenagers can’t think for themselves. Teenagers have no interesting ideas. The list goes on and on doesn’t it? The list is bullshit. People who think that about teens, have never bothered to invest time in a teenager. They want teens to be dumb, un-thinking, un-interesting.
As always I’m in awe of what teachers do. I’m in awe of what teenagers have to say. Lots of learning going on…..most of it by me….