#5days5words … and for the very last day of this blogging challenge, I’m going to follow the rules with a word that’s actually also a question: why? For the past three years, this word has guided most of my interactions with my previous teaching partner, Paula, and I’m hoping that it’s going to guide more of my interactions with my new teaching partner, Carey.
Two of my favourite questions in education stem from this word:
- From the Kindergarten Program Document‘s key question, “Why this learning for this child at this time?”
- To Stuart Shanker‘s well-known question, “Why this child, and why now?”
I think more than any other question, why has the power to change us.
- Why are we putting these materials/this furniture here?
- Why are we letting children self-select these items and/or why are we not?
- Why are we teaching these words in isolation and/or why are we not?
- Why are we asking this question?
- Why are we regrouping as a full class now?
- Why do all children need to spend their Brain Break in the same way?
- Why are we teaching this to everyone, or why are we only teaching this to some children?
- Why does it matter that all children do __________________ or why does it matter that they don’t?
This list could go on forever. Some of these why questions will make you uncomfortable. Some of these why questions made me uncomfortable … but many of them also inspired some of the most positive changes in my teaching career. Find someone that can ask you why, and engage in the important conversations that stem from this why. Who are your “why” people, and what are the benefits in having them? I think that education has the power to change with a single word: why?