The article “9 Elephants in the (Class)Room that should “Unsettle” Us” is an article that all educators should read and really take notes from. It is great that Will Richardson told us readers to acknowledge the 9 elephants in the classroom. The biggest elephants I pick would be the first two.
We know that most of our students will forget most of the content they “learn” in school.
This elephant is really important because everyone knows this is true. Whenever I tell someone that I’m going to be a secondary math teacher someday, they always says “That’s awesome! I was never good at math and I gave it all back to my teachers.” I want to acknowledge this elephant and will keep people’s comment in mind every day while teaching and have that be a challenge. When I teach, I don’t want to teach just because the curriculum tells me to. I want to teach because I am passionate about what I am teaching and my students. I want my students to learn and remember what they learned in my classroom. I know sometimes I am even like that where I don’t remember what I’ve learned from my past classes but I don’t want that to be my students.
We know that most of our students are bored and disengaged in school.
This elephant is just as big because I know how it feels to be bored and disengaged in school. That is the top place students loses interest in being at school. I remember when I was in middle or high school, I would rather be sick and stay home than going to school. I don’t want my students to be like that in my classroom, I want my students to be excited every time they walk in my classroom door and happy when they leave. I know math is going to be the subject everyone will dread taking, but I am challenging myself to change that mindset for my future students. I hope to make math fun and useful in my student’s lives. I’ve had pretty amazing math teachers in middle school and high school years just because I still struggled with English at that time. They’ve all put extra times to help me out and that’s what inspired me to be a math teacher just like them. I’ve had a pretty good examples of good and bad teachers, I hope someday to be a good teacher.
I think it’s more important that children actually learn than how much they appear to be learning on tests. I am guilty of memorizing information just to pass tests and forget about them after a few months. It hits me really hard in the face when I come back during the summer and have to build up more knowledge based on what I’ve learned from the past. So it’s definitely more important that children actually learn than how much they appear to be learning on tests. It’s harder to forget when the information is actually learned rather than memorized.