When will we be ready?
We see it every day in nearly every class. The students lean way back, eyes drowsy, barely paying attention, sometimes propping their chin up with their fist… we’ll call this ‘the slouch.’ Or they’re leaning forward, spine curled over, head resting on their arm or desk, as if to take a nap… we’ll call this ‘the slump.’ We can walk down the halls of almost any secondary school, peek in the doors or windows, and see numerous kids slouched or slumped while teachers talk, while videos play, while some class peers work quietly on their seat work. Youth are disengaged, unenergized, and apathetic … and we call this normal.
When will we be ready to own that many of (as we move up through the grades, even most of) the learning experiences that we create for students are BORING?
And that it’s not teaching them ‘grit’ or ‘resilience’ to make them suffer through what we’re providing?