Sunday, October 25, 2015

Developing Student Strengths

Sir Ken Robinson in his essay "The Teacher You Want to Be" spoke to the unfortunate reality of education which exclusively emphasizes academics, while ignoring strengths that make children unique and successful.  

What about musical, athletic, poetic, and kinesthetic talents?  Ignoring a pupil's interests and not providing them with opportunities cooperatively engage with others is short-sighted.  Let us continue offering kids chances to engage in real-world scenarios, alongside peers and adults.  They deserve to "flex the muscles of discovery" during their school day.

How else can learners develop discipline, empathy, and pride for accomplishments they create?  What better place to safely practice and hone skills of self-control and creativity, than within the walls of a familiar building, with people they can trust.