Dad, I want a lecture course…

We had a teaching friend over to dinner last night, so I thought it would be a good time to pounce on my 12 year-old son with an observation.

“So, son, I noticed that now that you can choose one elective per semester in seventh grade, your first choice this year was more of a lecture course, and so was your second. You didn’t get your first choice for the second semester, and you don’t seem overly happy about doing video film making.”

“Yeah, dad, I wanted the other course. it was a lecture course– you know, one where I could just sit back and listen to someone talk who knows something, and not have to be making stuff, or collaborating, or having to state opinions and ideas…”

This made us crack up. Here’s my poor son, surrounded by teaching adults at the dinner table who have pretty much devoted their lives to increasing student choice in the classroom, differentiated learning, hands-on activities, challenging discussions, collaboration, and the rest. In response, he says he wants a break from almost all of that, for a change.

Oh, boy. We talk about listening to kids, but when we do… :)

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