That's an extra long quote, but I couldn't help but include every last word. It's probably because as I'm gearing up for a new year, my thoughts are lingering on such things.
- Is what I'm teaching important to students?
- Is it something that will apply to their world outside of school or is it just a school thing?
- How has this skill or strategy been useful to me as an adult?
- What stories do I have to share about my own learning that will help my students connect with this skill better?
For example, I'm currently juggling all these questions when it comes to my calendar area. Mardelle from Weeds in the Garden has got me rethinking how I use it. I know the feeling of being stuck in the middle of calendar time and thinking, "What's my point here? Why am I spending time on this? How is this moving children forward?" Mardelle has challenged me to use the calendar in a way that honors how time is relevant to the kids and their day-to-day lives.
Click on the picture to read Mardelle's post.
No matter the subject area, I'm feeling moved more than ever to consider Debbie Miller's quote. If what I'm trying to teach isn't important and relevant to kids and their real world, I've got some reflecting to do and some changes to make.