2 Elephants in the Classroom that need Attention

The article 9 Elephants in the Classroom point out some very interesting issues our school systems and education process have. Out of the 9 2 really grabbed my attention because they are things we as teachers can change in the classroom.

We know that curriculum is just a guess.

Curriculum is often thought as something we have to teach and that we can tech nothing else but the curriculum. The first part is true. If the school system you work for provides a curriculum you must teach it. That does not mean on the other hand we as teachers cant teach them other useful traits of knowledge while still using the required curriculum. Like in history when learning about the stock market! We as history teachers could set up the unit to teach the history required about it as well as teaching our students about the ability to acquire and trade stock in simulators. When teaching about taxes and their implications on current government why not make the time to show them how to do the taxes as well.

We are confined to the what we are required to teach that is a fact. If we allow ourselves as teachers to become lazy that is all our students will get out of our classes. We need to incorporate more into the classroom that happens in the real world with their required studies. This is something we can change.

We know that grades, not learning, are the outcomes that students and parents are most interested in.

This one really bothered me as well. When we recognize this as a problem we need to do our best to change it. Grades are the standard for how well your child is doing in class, but not necessarily representative of where they actually are. Kids can decided not to do things in class for many reasons, but that doesn’t not mean they are actually represented in knowledge by their grade. We as teachers need to realize we are responsible and officially someone of guidance for these children. We need to be as involved as possibly with their academic life and that means being as communicative and vocal with the parents as possible. In order to help our students succeed int he real world we need to prepare them and their thoughts as much as possible for the real world.

Overall i found this article really helpful and eye opening to many of the things we will have to deal with in the classroom. We need to prepare ourselves as much as possible in order to be able to react and adapt to the situations we are thrown into as teachers. It will be very important for use to understand how to deal with many of these problems as well as avoid these situations as well.

Author: blaineslitdigclass

Hi everyone! My name is Blaine McMahon and welcome to my Literacy in the Digital Age  blog page! I am currently a student at Chadron State College working on my major to become a history teacher. I am also working on getting a coaching endorsement to hopefully one day become a high school football coach as well. On that note I am a crazy football fan (Green Bay Packers, and Nebraska Corn Huskers), and I spend most of my Sundays and Saturdays in the fall watching and learning the sport to the best of my abilities. I'm also a frequent PC gamer and love the world of the internet. I hope to perform well in this class and hope the same for all of my peers. This years going to be lit!

One thought on “2 Elephants in the Classroom that need Attention”

  1. Blaine,
    I agree that this article was really eye opening. It is crazy to think about the fact that this article is so far beyond true and the 9 things are quite horrible considering what are jobs will be in the future.


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