about education and how they were all pretty much bored out of their
skulls by school. Now I know that’s a typical response from
adolescents, but it was interesting to hear them talk about how school
used to be fun when they were in elementary school, but how now, none
of it seems relevant or useful. It was sad, but not surprising. I can’t
help but think kids would be more engaged if they were building things
for big audiences.
maybe I’m a dreamer and things like this won’t work in high schools but
maybe if we took a risk and opened up the conversations we could learn
a lot. Parameters could be set for responsible input. If the students
believed that input was wanted and faculty would listen, we could begin
a true dialogue. Schools could act on suggestions where possible and
have a place to explain why they could not implement some suggestions.
Hmmmm. A weblog that asks questions and seeks answers from those
involved in the learning process…the students themselves. How could
we get the conversation going to think about needed changes that we
could implement in education?
This is your school. What can we do to improve the learning?
What is your take on teaching and learning at this school?
Give examples of times in school when you were motivated to learn. Be specific about what got you interested.
How do you think we could solve (give a specific problem that needs to
be addressed – make students a part of the solution and then recognize
their good thinking)?
How can we improve how students are doing in our classrooms?
What would get you excited about learning?
What ideas do you have for making your subject areas relevant to you? Are there ways to connect it to today’s issues?
Do you have any suggestions for how to use technology in a worthwhile way to learn the school’s curriculum?
Got any ideas for questions? What do you think? Am I dreaming?