In "Student Onus," Jaime argues that for too long, when students don't learn, the onus is on the teacher. Or the curriculum. Or the school. But what about students? What is their responsibility? We need to teach all students what the best students have mastered - how to be an elite LEARNER. This summer, students in the will Bay Area will have a chance to improve their learning skills while pursuing their interests and passions at Aatash's summer "Metaphored" program. It's specifics and projects are detailed here on the Missing Pieces Podcast #12. Find Metaphored at metaphored.org.
What Should We Talk About?
My favorite part of teaching was sharing evocative passages, affecting scenes, meaningful lyrics and innovative ideas with my students. We’d read, watch and listen to them, then think, talk and write about them.
It kept me from the curriculum. But then I’d think, Why isn’t this the curriculum? This is what kids need to learn! For example, after watching the scene where Tom Hanks scolds Geena Davis in A League of Their Own,
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!”
I’d share it with students and explain why I showed it to them. And now I’m sharing passages, scenes, lyrics and ideas with you with the goal of getting a thought-provoking, life-enhancing conversations started.