This got me thinking, “What makes students really WANT to come to school?”
So I asked.
I got a range of answers. Everything from: “I like sharing my writing about Mermaids” and “Assemblies are fun, I like when we all wear our school T-shirts for spirit days”. Two girls told me that they love the school Maker Space and Imagination Playground because, “we get to be creative together.”
Grade 1 and 2 students seemed to talk about two main things: PE / recess or reading. One boy said, “I like playing on the park with my friends. I like to jump off the long chain because it is higher than my teacher.” Many reported that they loved to go outside and run with their friends. Another student said, “I like EVERYTHING! But mostly stories, I like when people read to me.”
When I looked back over my notes the thing the seemed to jump out repeatedly was the notion of connections. Students making connections with each other, with teachers, with learning, with their environment.
What makes kids want to come to school? Connections.
Melanie Bennett (@APMaBennett) believes that having a positive impact on someone’s life is one of the most important things a person can do.