I started reading The International Handbook for Elementary and Secondary Student Experiences. This “handbook”–a whopping 900 page collection of research on the topic, is exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll be writing on this again, for sure, as I get more in depth, but it looks like I’m finding more direction in my research.
Why don’t we ask students what they want to learn? –> Student agency –> Self-directed learning –> Student choice –> student experiences of school.
I’m on track. The right one? We’ll see. Here’s an experiment that I would like to carry out, though.
Think of your favorite teacher in either elementary or high school. In one paragraph, I want you to write a first person account from the perspective of that person, what they do as a teacher. Try and be as all-encompassing as possible without going into too much description.
Now, think of the teacher you hated the most in high school. Complete the same exercise as described above.
I would be really interested to see whether or not the former-student perceptions of their teachers changes when they think of their best and their worst experiences with teachers. It would be fun to do this with curent high-school students, too. Woo! Research!