Via Young Alberta Book Society on Facebook
Years ago, when my sons were teenagers, a teacher quipped (with, I thought at the time, his tongue firmly planted in his cheek) that Grade 7 kids should be sent off to an isolated island together to work through their hormonal issues, and then brought back for Grade 10, when you might actually be able to teach them something. This video might explain our shared frustration.
“We shouldn’t belittle adolescence, we should be honouring it for what it really is: the defining struggle; the moment when the next generation challenges the status quo and pioneers new ways of thinking and being that ensure our survival. Now just imagine if we actually gave adolescents the freedom to undertake that struggle.”
I will be on that bandwagon that figures out how to re-invent our education system to accomplish that goal. The teacher I mentioned above may have been being less facetious than I thought. Perhaps many of them should quit school (and have a very wise grandfather) since, “We just don’t learn something unless we’re emotionally engaged with it”.
In defense of the teachers I know, I believe they are quite aware and make valiant attempts to teach by doing, but their success with adolescents is still being stymied by our ‘system’. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the magic transformation theory that can gather immensely diverse teens together in a classroom or school with standardized legislated curriculum and assessment that pleases parents and government overseers. Have you?
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Over 250 Free Children’s e-Books for ages 3-11 from Oxford Primary to read online with or without narration. Activities included.
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B.C. Librarian Judith Comfort’s Fieldnotes:
“Our kids and their teachers are rushed off their feet like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland –“No time, no time,” and as for both student and adult attention and concentration – eye contact is replaced by eye – to screen contact. Factor in the whirling, dervishing technology gurus who have compromise our pedagogy with brilliant myths personalized to seduce us.
I feel I am needed more than ever because my teachers have no time to look for stuff themselves, and have no time to analyze it’s usefulness in terms of their teaching goals. The kids need to be reassured that space and quiet is a good necessary thing; that reading heals their fragmented attention-addled brains.”
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“A method that opens storytelling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with encouragement to imagine.”
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“There is no such thing as information overload, there is only filter failure.”