Teacher Tom's Blog
I have enjoyed Teacher Tom's so much. He is so real and passionate about helping kids learn in ways they NEED to learn. He truly believes that kids need to be kids and they are going to mess up, make messes, and get in trouble but that is how they learn. He disagrees with the Common Core State Standards because they are set standards and do not allow kids to get curious about their own questions. Teacher Tom makes such great points and I agree with just about everything he says. I throughly enjoyed my C4T#3 assignment and will continue to follow his blog posts.
October 15, 2013
"Without Some Grown-Up Yelling At Us"
October 22, 2013
"Out Of The Box Curricula"
Teacher Tom stated that people ask him about his opinion on the Common Core State Standards, and he doesn’t not like them simply because they are standardized. This does not give children time for the type of learning they experienced while working together to create rules for this board game. In most classrooms, students are expected to learn specific skills and bits of knowledge. If students don’t learn these standards and the level and time that they should be, then it’s just too bad and they are made to feel inadequate. Maybe these particular students who “misbehave” really are eager to learn but maybe not this way, at this time, or in this certain manner. By letting the students figure out this board game, Teacher Tom was showing that he trusts the students with their own education that allows them to learn exactly what they are curious about learning, when they are curious about it, and in the best way the satisfies their curiosity. Education is just easy when it is based on the children’s curiosity because education through play is the most efficient way to grasp their attention and make them be interested.