I really enjoyed the Rick Wormeli videos we viewed in the carousel activity. Each of the videos held valuable information that all teachers could benefit from hearing. It felt as if many of the points he would make in his videos should just be common sense to all teachers, but often teachers instruct in the exact opposite to how we should be teaching due to a number of reasons (teachers feeling overworked, repetition of behaviours/teaching styles we were taught, etc.). In his video on students I felt he hit a number of key points, which resonated with me.
Rick talked about how often teachers see themselves above students, expecting students to go “50/50” with them, and teachers not agreeing to spoon feed students. On major point I got out of this is that as teachers we must realize that we must be the adult in the situation. This may seem like an obvious point to make, however I feel that often teachers get caught up in certain situations and forget that their pupils are still teenagers. The problem with being the adult in the situation is that you will have to take the responsibility in many situations. You will have to help certain students to success by placing a number of supports at their disposal. This will mean that you may have to give more than the “50/50” (as stated above), or “spoon feed” your students by giving them additional supports needed for them to succeed (allowing them a redo/extended due date). I feel that many of these things are just responsibilities of teaching that we often forget about as we progress further into the profession.
The second point I wanted to make it that it is our responsibility as teachers to make the content compelling. Rick gives the example of the student who says/thinks, “I don’t care about school and I don’t care if I get an F”. He indicates that this type of student should not be in charge of their learning, which seemed very obvious to me after he said it, however those are often the students that we overlook. As the responsible adult we must intervene and save the student from themselves. We must utilize strategies that ensure that the student is not allowed to give up. One of these strategies is to make the content captivating so that we don’t allow that student to give up. This can be difficult and much more work, however it is one small price that we must pay in order to become master teachers.