Have you ever considered why so many grade-school students are stressed, bored or uninspired when it comes to learning? Perhaps they enjoy school, but it is often for reasons such as friendships and extracurricular activities, and rarely because of academics. Perhaps if teachers had a better understanding of the learning experience from the students’ perspectives, they might want to revisit how they approach teaching. One teacher, Alexis Wiggins, who works for a private American International School outside of the US, conducted an experiment that did just that – it put her in the role of a student as she shadowed two high-school students for two days. What she learned was shocking.
After 14 years of teaching, Wiggins had started a new position as a High School Learning Coach, who works with teachers and administrators to improve the outcomes of student learning. To train for the role, Wiggins shadowed a 10th grader for a full school day, and a 12th grader on another day, doing all of the work that the students were doing.
“I waited 14 years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it!”
Wiggins came back with the following key takeaways after her experience:
1. Sitting All Day Long is Exhausting
Most schools follow the traditional format of putting kids in chairs at a desk as the teachers lecture at the front of the classroom. All day long the students are expected to sit at their desks, aside from the short walks between classes and during bathroom and lunch breaks. Here’s how sitting all day made Wiggins feel:
“In every class for four long blocks, the expectation was for us to come in, take our seats, and sit down for the duration of the time. By the end of the day, I could not stop yawning and I was desperate to move or stretch. I couldn’t believe how alert my host student was, because it took a lot of conscious effort for me not to get up and start doing jumping jacks in the middle of Science just to keep my mind and body from slipping into oblivion after so many hours of sitting passively.
I was drained, and not in a good, long, productive-day kind of way. No, it was that icky, lethargic tired feeling.”
It is unlikely that students absorb much of the content that they are being taught if they feel lethargic and exhausted, especially towards the end of class and definitely by the end of the day. So what would Wiggins change, in addition to giving students the freedom to stretch and have some movement time at the start and end of class?
“I would… build in a hands-on, move-around activity into every single class day. Yes, we would sacrifice some content to do this – that’s fine. I was so tired by the end of the day, I wasn’t absorbing most of the content, so I am not sure my previous method of making kids sit through hour-long, sit-down discussions of the texts was all that effective.”
2. The Traditional Classroom Format Does Not Engage Students
It is unlikely that most students will have the chance to engage in the learning process during each class period. Wiggins found that during approximately 90% of each class, high school students were sitting passively and only listening and taking notes.
“I don’t mean to imply critically that only the teachers droned on while students just sat and took notes. But still, hand in hand with takeaway #1 is this idea that most of the students’ day was spent passively absorbing information.
I was struck by this takeaway in particular because it made me realize how little autonomy students have, how little of their learning they are directing or choosing.”
Learning happens in many different places and in many different ways. But in a traditional school, the reality is that students do not choose or decide what they learn or how they learn it. Teachers often plan the class around the material they are expected to cover, often outlined by a general curriculum and preparing students for standardized testing.
After her experience, Wiggins identifies the importance of using the students’ general questions and areas of confusion as a way of engaging conversation, increasing enthusiasm and collaboration, and encouraging autonomy. One of Wiggins’ suggestions about making the schooling experience less passive would probably really appeal to many high-schoolers sitting in classrooms right now:
“I would… set an egg timer every time I get up to talk and all eyes are on me. When the timer goes off, I am done. End of story.”
3. Students are Made to Feel Like a Nuisance
Considering that students are expected to sit and listen all day, it is only expected that they will get fidgety, talkative or distracted. In response, teachers are often reprimanding students, telling them to be quiet and pay attention…over…and over…and over. Wiggins also noticed that teachers are often sarcastic and even sometimes condescending, which is completely damaging to the experience of learning.
“…when I was the one taking the tests, I was stressed. I was anxious. I had questions. And if the person teaching answered those questions by rolling their eyes at me, I would never want to ask another question again.
I feel a great deal more empathy for students after shadowing, and I realize that sarcasm, impatience, and annoyance are a way of creating a barrier between me and them. They do not help learning.”
Teachers’ attitudes and interacts with students have a lot to do with the teachers’ personalities and desires for the types of relationships they want to create with their students. It is often difficult to have endless patience, especially when it comes to children and teenagers. But there are methods that can be implemented that may help teachers realize just how often they show annoyance and irritation.
“I would make my personal goal of “no sarcasm” public and ask the students to hold me accountable for it. I could drop money into a jar for each slip and use it to treat the kids to pizza at the end of the year. In this way, I have both helped create a closer bond with them and shared a very real and personal example of goal-setting…”
Wiggins’ on-the-job training turned into a very insightful experiment with insights that could lead to more productive schooling techniques. It is clear that if we don’t evolve the way we approach schooling, we will continue to limit the potential of blossoming minds and even diminish their desire for learning and discovery.
Sigmund Fraud is a survivor of modern psychiatry and a dedicated mental activist. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com where he indulges in the possibility of a massive shift towards a more psychologically aware future for mankind.
Connecticut parents who’ve chosen to home-school their children would be faced with a new layer of bureaucracy and state regulation, if a new legislative proposal from the governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission succeeds.
The Connecticut Post reported last week that the commission has proposed new regulations for home-schooling parents in a draft proposal of its forthcoming final report on the Newtown school shootings for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
The new home-school regulations would apply specifically to parents of children who have emotional, social or behavioral problems. And they would require parents, for the first time, to submit “individualized education plans approved by the special education director of the local public school district.”
For commissioners on the Sandy Hook panel, the link between the home-schooling of special-needs students and mass murder is provided by Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old at the center of the December 2012 murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza was home-schooled by his mother, who was also murdered in her home on the same day that 26 students and school employees were shot and killed.
“Given the individuals involved in the tragedy that formed the basis of this commission, I think we have thought this issue out at some length and we believe it is very germane and that the actual facts leading up to this incident support the notion of the risk in not addressing social and emotional learning needs of children who may have significant needs in that area who are home-schooled,” said commission member Harold I. Schwartz.
The Washington Post’s Eugene Volokh challenged that leap in logic, noting, for starters, that Lanza was home-schooled only briefly, from age 16 until he obtained his GED.
“I’m just skeptical that the state is going to be terribly good at second-guessing home-schooling parents’ judgment with regard to kids with emotional, social, and behavioral problems (a group that is of course hard for parents to help, but that is hard for state authorities to help, too),” wrote Volokh.
“And that’s especially so if the regulatory scheme is driven by concerns about the tiny, tiny fraction of children whose problems lead them to become mass murderers — a psychological process that, to my knowledge, psychiatry (unsurprisingly) doesn’t really fully understand.”
If this proposal becomes law, it will serve as yet another example of the government’s proclivity to counter extreme, exceptional acts with blanket legislation — legislation that needlessly encumbers many people, all of whom were getting by just fine without shouldering the burden that paternalistic government altruism typically places on law-abiding citizens.
From the beginning, there were doubts about the official explanation of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
There, supposedly on the morning of December 14, 2012 in the US state of Connecticut in the small town of Newtown, approximately 100 kilometers northeast of New York City, a total of 28 people have been killed, including 20 children, six employees of a primary school, as well as the mother of the perpetrator.
It is said, that the offender, the 20-year-old Adam Lanza of Newtown, then killed himself.
There are so many inconsistencies which point to the official representation of the event may be incorrect.
Independent studies have shown there has been no shootout in the school and no people died.
The whole thing was an exercise, or as others say, a False Flag Operation, with the goal of the Obama regime, tuning in the American population on the Anti-Weapons-Agenda.
The media hysteria at that time was enormous and there were gun laws accordingly strengthened.
Parsifal, September 25, 2014
What speaks for this, there was never a rampage at the Sandy Hook school ?
First of all, there is not a single proof about the death of 28 people: no photographic and no video evidence.
There were no photos shown of the dead and the injured school children or teachers.
Also, the surveillance cameras show no shots, or as Adam Lanza allegedly heavily loaded with weapons and ammunition approached on the school, shot off the front windows of the school and then is gone like Rambo through the hallway of the school, and has fired to the left and right in the classrooms.
This course is claimed by the authorities.
There was no blood to be seen, neither outside nor inside the school.
Adam was anyway from the physique much too weak to even wear the number of weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, what are attributed to him.
He is supposed to have carried a Bushmaster AR-15 automatic rifle a Glock and a Sig Sauer 9mm with he has shot himself at the end.
Then he had three full magazines with 30 rounds of ammo and magazines for the two pistols.
A total of 150 shots have been fired.
As he has been found he reportedly should have carried a protection vest and combat gear as a soldier.
This whole weight wore this slender stripling ?
From day one I have in my reporting mentioned Adam Lanza has used no assault rifle.
This was then two months later officially confirmed.
Clearly a deception, but the topic 'ban on assault rifles' was by Obama, the media and the politicians pushed at the top.
In mid-January 2013, in the U.S. state of New York stricter laws came in force.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new bill which prohibits assault weapons in private hands and magazines with more than seven shots.
President Obama presented on January 16, 2013 proposals for the intensification of the Firearms Legislation.
So he suggested, among other things, a ban on semi-automatic assault rifles in private hands and a revisal of all customers of firearms.
Also in the US state of Colorado has been a tougher gun law passed.
At the beginning of April 2013, the Senate of Connecticut votes with 26 to 10 for stricter gun laws.
It prohibits, among others 100 assault rifle makes, limited the maximum number of cartridges per magazine on ten and raises the minimum age for purchasers from 18 to 21 years.
Also, it should be a state register to be introduced which lists the persons with previous weapons-convictions.
On April 4, 2013 the law was signed by the Governor of Connecticut Dan Malloy.
On December 28, 2013 was the final report on the investigation of the event published.
Amazing thing is the report does not quote a single name of a victim, not the age and gender.
It was not a person identified and named.
Also, there were no death certificates and not the recording of the alleged telephone calls to the police.
The chief of the fire department, Bill Halstead had said in the day of the event, that he would not have seen any dead.
Witnesses also saw no ambulances or funeral brought the dead and injured to the hospital or morgue.
But what they said is the scene looked like an exercise, without the hustle and bustle and sirens blaring.
Therefore mean many of which are dealing with the case, indeed, it was a staging of a killing spree disguised as an exercise.
There died no children, and the show served as the media propaganda to advance Obama's policy of disarming the American people.
But let us assume that the official narration is true.
If there really were 27 people on December 14, 2012 in Newtown murdered by Adama Lanza, then would this crime appear in the crime statistics, one would think.
I have looked at the FBI crime statistics for the state of Connecticut for the Year 2012. Very surprisingly, the number of murders in the town of Newtown is ZERO ! Click to enlarge
How is that possible ?
As happens allegedly one of the largest massacres in a school in America has ever experienced, with 27 people who were murdered in Newtown, but the statistics from the FBI shows not a single murder for the entire year of 2012. Is that the final proof, the massacre of Sandy Hook was a Fake ?
Here is the link to the page of the FBI with the crime statistics. In the column of 'murder' is a ZERO !
Says the FBI the truth, it was not a killing spree, and therefore is not murder ?
With regard to 9/11, the FBI has also in a certain sense, told the truth.
Namely, they would not want Osama Bin Laden because of the September 11 attacks as they have no evidence of his guilt.
That is, according to FBI happened no murder in Newtown, Osama Bin Laden was not the mastermind behind 9/11 and the deadly Anthrax spores has sent out a government figure to exactly those politicians, which were against the new Homeland Security Law. According to this, 'Insiders' have attacked America.
So you have to be very attentive to distinguish between what the politicians and the media claim and what tales they tell, and what facts the FBI forwards later.
We know that the US regime is constantly lying about dangers, spread fear and thus imposes its belligerent policies.
Al-Qaeda did 9/11 and to answer for and it was therefore necessary to attack Afghanistan.
Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction therefore a war of aggression against Iraq was waged.
Muammar Gaddafi has terrorized the population, therefore had Libya to be bombed.
Bashar al-Assad used poison gas, so they wanted to attack Syria.
Everything invented reasons.
In order to be able to still bomb Syria, suddenly emerged ISIS.
What also is very suspicious and reminds on 9/11, the Sandy Hook school and therefore all the evidence has been destroyed.
There have been 50 million dollars spent to completely demolish the school and it will be rebuilt.
As in New York, where one of the largest crime scenes in US history was immediately cleaned up and all evidence removed, the same thing happened here.
The workers had to make a vow of silence, to pass on nothing what they see during the demolition.
Why ? What is so secret that someone can impose a muzzle ?
As with all events, the question must be asked, who benefits ?
If there really has a massacre taken place, and Adam Lanza was the perpetrator, what was his motive ?
In the final report is even stated, he had no motive.
Who then was it and why ?
As listed above, the headlines were gigantic and the call for a tightening of gun laws loudly.
Obama as well as other enemies of the Constitution and representatives of the police state used this outrage, in order to adopt laws that they otherwise never would have passed.
Is there a connection between the prohibition of various weapons with which we-the-people more or less is disarmed, and the massive upgrade of the police with military equipment ?
Then we have the following case which has occurred on Monday, just a few days past the alleged shooting of Sandy Hook but in Afghanistan.
By the explosion of a landmine were ten girls killed and two others seriously injured.
The children at the age of nine to eleven years, died while collecting firewood in the eastern province Nanagahar, such as the Chief of the District of Tschaparhar, Mohamed Sedik Daulazai, the media told.
One of the girls has accidently struck the mine with an axe.
Where is the outcry of the always political correct do-gooders, Landmines kill children and must therefore be banned ?
There is nothing to hear from the politicians and the media.
Have we have just killed a child ?
A former American drone-pilot who has killed civilians and children at the push of a button and has therefore left the army on grounds of conscience.
'I have men, women and children are seen in this period.
I never thought I would kill so many people.
In fact, I thought that I could never put anyone to death',
said Brandon Bryant, 27, from Montana.
He collapsed after he was told to fire a Hellfire missile on civilians in Afghanistan and a child was killed.
'Have we just killed a child?'
he asked his co-pilot next to him, as he looked to the explosion on the screen.
'Yes, I mean that was a child',
said his colleague.
When he left the service, received the US drone-pilot a certificate: 1.626 enemies killed...
That was just one of many cases where with drones out of the air in the many theatres of war the Americans rage children are murdered.
There is also a loud protest and demanded a ban on killer-drones ?
The drone-war is Obama's war, yes the Nobel peace prize laureate, who cried about the dead children in Newtown on TV, but orders the killing of children in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.
We see in these examples as nothing about the influence of psychotropic drugs, nothing about the prevention of a massacre by an armed citizen, nothing about a ban on landmines, and nothing about how horrible drones are used is reported, but is only reported most penetrating on the need of a ban of firearms.
It is very clearly a one-sided controlled propaganda campaign against the right of Americans to own weapons, which is guaranteed in the US Constitution and so laid down.
Children killing children just because of weapons
Yes, it is the weapons why children killing children.
Certainly not because most of the children grow up in broken and separated families.
Not because single fathers or mothers do not have time talking with and listening to the children no longer because of work stress and/or self-fulfillment.
It is also not because the children from very young on are pushed away to day care centers, where they face the facts that the fittest will survive and the state is the first authority.
It is also not because our society is only esteeming winners and despising all others as losers.
It is also not because children so that we have not to deal with them every day for hours watch the telly where there is shown always violence and glorified.
It is not because children are no longer allowed to play outside, but inside to dive in virtual worlds, where it is in most realistic computer games only about how many enemies you can kill.
It is also not because instead of love and time to the children only material things and money are given as a replacement.
It is not because children who not carry the latest brands or not have the last iPod are teased and bullied.
It is also not because our society taught the children, there is no morality, and everything is just relative.
It is also not because children can see what crimes the politicians and the pillars of society commit and for their criminal actions have to fear no consequences.
It is also not because the children notice in the media all conflicts are solved with violence, with aggressive wars and bombs and grenades.
It is also not because the children can not detect good role models anymore, but only selfish, perverse and depraved figures.
It is also not because of any deviant behavior of children from the norm is referred to as a disease and treated with character changing drugs.
No, it's only the weapons.
Not because our children are to grow up in a completely degenerate, perverse and uncaring society and thereon mentally break down.