Do you ever ask yourself ‘what did I learn? How do I feel about what I learned? What else could I do?’ ‘What am I thinking?’
Nobody gives me a grade for my work. As an adult who teaches kids nobody says to me ‘that was A work, Mrs. Hays’ or ‘Wow. You’re grounded. That was a C and we don’t get C’s!’
I don’t have to stay inside or stand on the wall at recess because I didn’t understand what I was supposed to do the first time. The principal doesn’t put my name on the board in the lounge when I haven’t turned in my report on time. My mom doesn’t get an email detailing every single transgression I have made during the day.
Why do we do these kinds of things to kids?
I am an over-reflector. An over-thinker. An over-questioner. I annoy people with my opinions.
We gotta make some changes, people.
Start asking kids, ‘what did you learn? How do you feel about it?’ Start talking with kids about their thoughts. Ask ‘what is confusing to you?’ and listen. REALLY hear what that kid is saying.
Time, people. We gotta take time.
Scrap the worksheet. Get rid of the grade. See the kid as a human. We are intelligent adults. We know the right things to do with kids.
Let’s do them. Just Sayin’.