In a world being taken over by politics and opinions, I thought I might as well just throw my two cents in!
For or Against?
It crazy for me to sit here and deny that I have always felt one way or the other… because I have been on a teeter-totter! Well, I have finally made up my mind! I am going to be jumping for joy and so are the kids!
Why? So, today we took a bus ride through our school’s district, and I had a couple of revelations…
- Many of the students are on the bus for over an hour! I couldn’t sit that long! And I was ready for fresh air after an hour!
- Many of the students outlooks are survival. They are not worried about anything other than meeting their families needs and their needs.
- These students…
- ask questions and want the answer given to them… like yesterday!
- hate having responsibilities.
- have parents who write the answers for them or tell them the answer to write.
- have priorities elsewhere.
- have parents from one extreme (overly involved) to the other extreme (school is a babysitter).
- whine about everything… especially homework.
The Independent Student
- These students…
- have questions, but want to discover the answers on their own.
- love their agendas and being organized.
- don’t need parents to tell them that they need to get their homework finished.
- number 1 priority is school.
- have parents who are informed and only call when there is an issue.
- love doing schoolwork.
- Student Choice
- The way my classroom is setup allows for student choice much of the day. They choose how they want to learn the content.
- I plan on incorporating the choice of completing their “work” in class or at home.
- My independent students can complete the work at home (if they choose too), which will make them content. *check*
- My dependent students can complete it at school and not have homework, which will make them content. *check*
- Parent Opinion
- I will inform them on what their child has chosen and we, as a team, will discuss that decision and make changes if necessary.