Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The Hardest Part
It's all the rage.
It's a great thing to offer kids. I let them choose their books, their speech and writing topics. Choice keeps them motivated. Choice lets them explore and share their passions. Choice. It's a good thing.
Then why is it so hard for kids?
Right now I have students beginning research for their demonstration speeches-- but first they have to choose a topic.
And students putting together a digital storytelling project---but first they have to choose a topic.
There are some who seem incapable of doing that.
"Mrs. Day, I don't know what to demonstrate."
"Mrs. Day, I'm not good at anything."
"Mrs. Day, can't I just use my last piece for the digital storytelling project?"
So, we talk. We talk a lot.
"What do you like to do outside of school"
"What are you good at that no one knows about?"
"What is an experience that really affected you?"
"Who is a person who has influenced you?"
"Have you ever lost someone close to you?"
And on and on and on.
Finally, they find a topic, an idea (or maybe it finds them). And they settle down to the task at hand.
But, wow, it's a lot of work :)