Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns
This is an article I think every teacher should read, no matter where they are in the career.
It appeared first on a blog by Grant Wiggins, author of Understanding by Design. It turns out that it was written by his daughter, Alexis, who had transition out the role of teacher after 15 years and was now an instructional coach at an American High School overseas. As part of an introduction into her new role, her administrator asked she shadow a 10th grader and a 12th grader. She uses her experiences to form three reflective Key Take-Aways.
1. Students sit all day long and it is exhausting (no surprise there)
2. High school students are asked to passively absorb for (a shocking) 90% of the time.
3. Students wind up feeling like a nuisance all day long.
She then goes on to frame what she would have done differently given the chance to do it all again.
New teachers and old could benefit from this article. I wish there was an elementary version. Wake up teachers and get your kids moving and active.