In my last post I described how fulfilled and rewarded I feel in my current position. But, truthfully, there is a part of me that wants to go back to teaching high school English in a general education setting. Why…?
Well, I’m a proponent of using Web 2.0 in the classroom. Hard to do in my current setting…
Oh, but if I could, I’d have my kiddos blogging twice a week, have them reading articles and watching videos online to teach their classmates new things. I’d have them challenge themselves to challenges like my one million words or a photo-a-day challenge. I’d have them connecting with peers and teachers in other states, countries, continents – modern-day pen-pal-ing – and creating websites instead of shoebox dioramas. I’d have them making Power Points that don’t suck and interactive presentations. Then, I’ll teach them that writing well doesn’t mean following a set of archaic rules, but knowing those rules and then consciously breaking them. I would teach them how to research topics by identifying good and bad sources in the most unlikely places (like Twitter!), and that writing about research doesn’t have to be boring. That writing poetry can be cool.
Why hasn’t the way we do school changed in 150 years?
This article in the Washington Post says (and I agree):
The new common core standards for ninth- and 10th-grade writing are enough to chill a classroom…
If you want to change the OUTCOME, you have to change the PROCESS.
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