It was a surprising way to end a very difficult year
ChaseMielke tackles the complicated task of student “buy-in” by implementing student service projects into his curriculum.
Each trimester, I take my students on a service learning field trip. We spend a morning volunteering at a local homeless shelter. In the afternoon, students pick up trash at a local park and do random acts of kindness. It can sound unglamorous, especially in the winter. But most students love it and look forward to it for months. Some of the most meaningful moments of my career happen on this trip. And, apparently it means something to the students as well.
After each trip we debrief the experience. It was during this that a student cried. Her words are what motivate my philosophy of teaching:
“I have never felt like I had purpose in school until today.”
Those words are both the most…
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I truly find it sad that we are so quick to release our kids from the act of struggling.
Blaming and disrespecting teachers is not a solution. In fact, blaming doesn't solve the problem at all. Instead, let's start solving the problem.
In other words, take control of your knowledge and seek out the masters that can influence and ignite your passions further.
Finding grace in the midst of teaching
wildly messy letting go of our pride investing in others non-prescriptive constant problem solving often restricting scary satisfying, difficult work a comical endeavor a journey