“Yo, Ms. Emmett! I don’t get this yet.”
When thinking of your classroom, you may not envision your students speaking to you in this way. But, maybe you should.
During the summer of 1999, I attended the Marilyn Burn’s Math Solution Institute near Dallas, Texas. While I don’t recall all that I learned there, two little points stuck with me and have shaped my thoughts on student achievement. Surprisingly, they weren’t about math. They were about student motivation.
I must admit that I am not a big fan of video games. When I think of video games, I only envision my 15-year-old son sitting on the couch for hours at a time, headset on, barking strategy to his friends using terms I don’t recognize. He stares intently at the television, clicking endlessly on the game pad, a device that seems comparable to equipment used in a NASA space shuttle control room.
Summer bucket lists…the list that many parents in the 21st century create before summer starts. The list that is filled with so many good intentions in today’s world of being a Pinterest parent. The list that parents create in hopes of keeping those tablets put away just a little bit longer during the extra hours of summer.