“If students leave school less curious than when they started, we have failed them.”
-George Couros, author
The Innovator’s Mindset
As part of the senior’s cyber day assignment for Economics, I asked them to rank this assignment because I wanted to get some feedback to help me plan for cyber day #2.
Of the 34 responses (which I might add means, as of this writing, 22 students have yet to complete it!), the results were somewhat surprising to me:
Two Things I Learned
- Not ALL of them hated it! In fact, some even admitted to enjoying it (5.9% gave it a 9!).
- A majority, though, clearly weren’t huge fans of it (so they say…).
Some are very interested in what we’re talking about most days and some are not. As an educator, I know my job is to find different ways to get everyone to be more curious than when we started. With this feedback, that means for the next cyber day assignment, I’ll need to change it up and offer different learning options.
Will that improve the feedback? Maybe. Maybe not.
Either way, I know it’s not possible to force students to like an assignment or a topic, but it is possible to try different teaching strategies and maybe— just maybe— pique their interest.