Can I just take a moment to say how much I love my grade 7/8 students? I only have them for ELA and social studies, but I’ve taught them in some capacity for three years now, and they really do feel close to being my own.
Something I admire about this group is that, for the most part, they do learning, not school. Our discussions and activities tend to be all about making connections, and are definitely random and non-linear much of the time. We can start out talking about immigration, and suddenly be checking the Statistics Canada website for a definition for a rural community, referencing a map to figure out the potential routes for new pipelines in Canada (how’d we get there from immigration??), and then be checking the etymology of a word that’s come up in discussion. Their favourite learning style always involves something social, and they aren’t afraid to challenge each other or me.
Sometimes I panic and think, “Oh no! What about the curriculum?!” The beauty is, when I go back and check the outcomes and indicators, we’re hitting them all, and more. Not all days are like this, but when they are, I have happy and engaged students, and a happy and engaged teacher.
Learning for the win!