Friday, November 14, 2008

I understand the drop out rate more and more...

Why, why, why, do we have to make everything so boring? I'm not at a How to Make Kids Lives Miserable conference, so why would I pick up the boring Growing a Nation CD that kids can sit and be prattled to about how important agriculture is? Here's a crazy idea-- how about getting outside and getting our hands dirty instead of watching a prefabed program. The whole reason I'm here is that some kids WON'T SIT AND LISTEN TO YOUR STUPID, BORING NONSENSE LIKE I AM RIGHT NOW! In fact, if the presenter wasn't smart enough to be blocking the door, I'd be outta here too.

I come to this conference for innovation... we've covered boredom in the classroom in many different ways. I want to know what someone has done to get kids interested-- or has tried that didn't work for them. I want to leap frog ideas, and get a little wacky. I want to come away enthused, not exhausted.

She's moved from the door. Time to make a break for it...

4 comments:

Weather Boy said...

Let's open a school! We could hire someone really good to be our bosses so neither one of us would have to be the boss of the other...hmmm...

Our festivities are just starting...more later.

hoyden said...

I tell my students that I took classes in how not to have fun. :-) It's cute when they believe me.

Although, when I relaxed the reigns a little and let them have some "fun" on Friday, I saw some results. In one of my HellBlocks, of the students who turned in the Tea Party assignment (not 100%, but probably 80%), I'd say 90% of them scored 100%. Students who never score 100% scored 100%. And I just let them talk to each other. Go figure.

rach :) said...

Ah, the magic of radicalism....

Welcome to the world of insane teachers. Honestly, I think it's the only way to go.

Wendy said...

Sounds to me like you'd do well as the coordinator of a homeschool co-op.

Oh, did I say that out loud ...?