People may think it’s simply because we can. We are, after all, confident teaching children. But really, there’s another reason:
We may obediently teach the state prescribed curriculum and follow the directives of our administration, but we are secretly thinking “what if…”:
- What if I could slow down and fully teach the content that really matters – to mastery this time?
- What if I could throw away the bribes and threats to make these kids read and write and think, and instead just share the joy of learning with them?
- What if I had time to really listen and learn how well my students understand this stuff, so I don’t waste their precious time with material that’s too easy or too hard?
- What if I could create a learning environment that was relaxed and supportive, while still expansive and challenging?
And we realize that, at least with our own children, we can.
But we’d like to do the same with yours … if only we could.