School-age kids report on what they adore and abhor about school
What is it about school that stirs up such passions in our kids? We asked an informal panel of school-agers across the country what they adore and abhor about school. Not surprisingly, many say recess and gym light up their school day. But others just love learning about everything - from bugs to boats. Here are kids' report cards.
If there is a -15 wind chill students stay inside in our Board of Education. Two teachers go outside to watch the students (it is a small school), so it isn't all fun and games to us at those temperatures either. I try to keep the drudgery to a minimum, and the kids seem to enjoy things. I did bring in caterpillars so they could watch them turn into butterflies, and we do lots of Science experiments. They work on Math in groups rather than silently. We do lots of Read-Alouds and they each get a chance to talk on the carpet.
Kids these days actually aren't the same as we were growing up. Due to computers, they are much more visual and like to find out things rather than having them told to them. Anyone who stands up at the front of the class blathering on is going to bore them to tears. It's a challenge finding ways to keep them stimulated, but it's vital if you want to engage them and keep them learning. As I said in another thread, comments like, "I like math! Math is fun!" tell me I'm on the right track and make it all worthwhile.