What a wonderful first week we have had. The kids are so full of energy and enthusiasm, and teachers are excited to try out new ideas in class. I had my math class outside yesterday timing how long it took each of us to walk ten meters and then figuring out how to convert that to miles per hour. I noticed the 7th grade life science class out and about on a science scavenger hunt. And there are several upcoming field trips that explore multiple ideas across disciplines. Teachers are embracing the idea of taking risks and encouraging our students to do the same.
Along those lines, I came across this article from The Washington Post that I thought you would find very interesting. It is so hard for us to sit back and watch our kids go into situations where we know they might get hurt, but (within reason, of course) we need to do just that – sit back.
I remember when I first started teaching, long before having children of my own, I had a student, Jack, who came to school every day wearing shorts, no matter the temperature. I remember thinking to myself, What are his parents thinking letting him dress like that? But now that I am a parent of a shorts-wearing-even-in-the-middle-of-winter kind of person, I can attest to the fact that this is a hill on which I am not prepared to die – if he wants to wear shorts, so be it. If he gets too cold, he’ll decide that he should wear pants. If not, it’s all good.
But there are the other areas where it’s so tempting to delve – relationships. As I mentioned last week, we want to avoid this idea of interviewing for pain (and then trying to fix their problems for them). If we... » read more