I love the way in which you have framed this question to students, as they are the ones who most directly are going…

I love the way in which you have framed this question to students, as they are the ones who most directly are going to be served by better PD. 

One thought I have, though, is how we might take this further. Could we, for instance, allow students to specifically request “better teaching” in a specific area when they run into an issue within their school? Could they provide feedback on more systemic issues they see for how teachers might improve their practice?

I’m also intrigued by just how many of these kids talked about better collaboration between teachers. It is as if they are the only ones that see how arbitrary the separations of the different subjects are. How can we make good on these requests?

Again, thank you for sharing the viewpoint of your students about professional learning. It is my sincere hope that we include students much more in these kinds of conversations.

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  1. Ben, great questions. I’d love to see the request for better teaching idea get put into place. I think, also, that we as adults need to get our kids to unlearn what they know about school: this is my ninth graders tenth  year of school. I think initially, there are some things that we as adults know that school could be, but unfortunately is not. How can educators provide those places for kids to see what schools can be so that they have a more full view of what education is and can be, then allow them to make the most informed choices and and provide valuable feedback possible about their future. 

    Thanks for making me think!

  2. Ben, great questions. I’d love to see the request for better teaching idea get put into place. I think, also, that we as adults need to get our kids to unlearn what they know about school: this is my ninth graders tenth  year of school. I think initially, there are some things that we as adults know that school could be, but unfortunately is not. How can educators provide those places for kids to see what schools can be so that they have a more full view of what education is and can be, then allow them to make the most informed choices and and provide valuable feedback possible about their future. 

    Thanks for making me think!

  3. Ben, great questions. I’d love to see the request for better teaching idea get put into place. I think, also, that we as adults need to get our kids to unlearn what they know about school: this is my ninth graders tenth  year of school. I think initially, there are some things that we as adults know that school could be, but unfortunately is not. How can educators provide those places for kids to see what schools can be so that they have a more full view of what education is and can be, then allow them to make the most informed choices and and provide valuable feedback possible about their future. 

    Thanks for making me think!

  4. Ben, great questions. I’d love to see the request for better teaching idea get put into place. I think, also, that we as adults need to get our kids to unlearn what they know about school: this is my ninth graders tenth  year of school. I think initially, there are some things that we as adults know that school could be, but unfortunately is not. How can educators provide those places for kids to see what schools can be so that they have a more full view of what education is and can be, then allow them to make the most informed choices and and provide valuable feedback possible about their future. 

    Thanks for making me think!

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