This Monday morning, I get to spend my PD time researching on my own. What do I want to learn? What do I want to get better at? How will I improve my practice?
My thoughts: take my class back to preschool.
What do I mean by that? My daughter is three, and she recently has had the opportunity to attend some amazing preschools, and I often sit back and watch the class when I go pick her up. The kids are all engaged, learning, and making choices. They use their hands, their voices. They collaborate, they work alone. One child will work on letters while another is on a computer. Two more will be working together to build the tallest tower possible out of the blocks, while others are playing veterinarian.
This makes me think back to my own education when I couldn’t wait to get to school each day, but by the time I was in high school I was so bored and unengaged I just wanted to get through my day.
Sit quietly. Do your work. Don’t do your work till you get home. Take notes. Don’t chew gum. Don’t be tardy.
Why does high school have to be a boring thing to get through with nothing but rules and regulations? Why can’t upper level learning be fun? Why can’t students make choices and work on different things throughout the day?
There will definitely be challenges to this idea, but I think it’s worth it for my kids.
So, how will I bring preschool to the high school classroom? That’s what my Monday morning time will be spent exploring.