Sometimes the best conversations occur after class.
As I stated in a previous post, my students are currently studying the Transcendentalists. After class yesterday, one of my students asked me about the connection between Jack Kerouac and the Transcendentalists because she did some research on her own and thought the tenets of the Transcendentalist movement and the Beat movement were the same. Bingo! She is the first student to verbalize the connections I’m hoping others will make along the way.
As a teacher, I always wonder what students take from my class on a daily basis. I do my best to streamline my lessons so that the objectives and focus for each class are clearly defined. I know that at least one student left my room yesterday with a strong understanding of purpose. I am looking forward to reading her blog about the connections between the Beat generation and the Transcendentalists. More often than not, my students surprise me. When teachers allow them, provide them with the opportunity, to use their wings–their imagination, their creativity, their critical thinking skills–they usually exceed our expectations.
If you are reading this post, you may be interested in reading this article, “The Four Traits of Great Employees.” If the goal of educators is to prepare students for the world after high school and college–and it should be–then they should allow students to use the skills Paul Shread mentions in his article: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. I believe this blogging project will provide my students the opportunity to hone and develop the important skills they need to be great employees someday.