2017-2018 School Year
“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
Engaged vs Entertained
During my introductions of the class expectations and course description, I told my students that I wanted them to be "engaged" in their work for English class. We discussed the difference between "entertained" and "engaged". When a person is entertained, they are passively watching a presentation. When a person is engaged, they are actively participating. Even if a person doesn't like a specific topic, they can still participate in learning about it.
During their introductory speech, I asked each student to think of one thing that they were good at. It could be a sport like baseball or football, a talent like drawing or reading, or a personality characteristic like kindness or empathy. The students were very thoughtful about their answers.
I am looking forward to getting to know each 7th grader and discovering the uniqueness that each one of them possess. Let's be engaged in our learning!