Here’s a list of some different things I’ve wondered over the past several years as a teacher:
– why some children raise their hand to answer a question and immediately after being called upon say, “Uh…I forgot.”
– why some kids are able to scrounge up enough money for a candy sale or the school carnival but not for a field trip.
– why a child who’s about to throw up feels it’s necessary to come and tell you instead of high-tailing it out the door.
– if sending three reminder slips and four e-mails really helps students become more responsible.
– why the people making decisions involving education are the ones least affected by those decisions.
– why guest speakers at school assemblies often ask open-ended questions to several hundred kids, to which they all respond in unison, then immediately tell them to quiet down.
– why our most challenging students are never absent.
– why some volunteers get all dressed up to work with elementary-aged kids. (A mini-skirt and stilettos? Seriously?)
– how merit pay and a heavy emphasis on standardized testing will improve education.
– why some teachers leave their leftovers in the fridge for several months.
– what’s really in school pizza and why would anyone eat something that looks like that.