Greetings From Top Teaching Advisor Angela
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
2. The School Way Needs to be the Real Way:
• Would we do this in real-life?
• Could you imagine yourself being given this assignment?
• Is there anything to back this up as being helpful for your students?
I defend keeping real-life learning in our daily schedule. This includes taking time to talk about what we are reading, writing, and learning; having the choice to select our own writing topics and books; allowing time to try something out before being assessed; and allowing time to learn from each other.
When standards seem a mile wide but only an inch deep, it's easy to see how these ideals get left behind. But, when the temptation rises to cancel my book talk or writer's share time, I think about my own time spent talking about books with others and how that's helped me as a reader. I think about reading books like The Catcher in the Rye and how it was the talk with my husband that really created a better understanding for me. And while I might laugh at the idea of my husband giving me a quiz, he challenged my thinking and interpretation of the story more than any quiz could. I want to do the same for my students, and that starts with the basic premise of making the "school way" and the "real way" match up.