We all know what it’s like to be a student, but do you know what it’s like to be a student at your school in particular? Five educators from Burr and Burton Academy, an independent high school in Vermont, recently wondered the same thing and spent a day at their school from a different perspective.
Some of the teachers were nervous about the switch (one said he was most worried about who he was going to sit with at lunch), but others were excited. After the switch, they realized how jarring it can be to quickly move from one subject to the next, how students can be disengaged with the material and, as an assistant headmaster found it, how hard it can be to go to the right lunch period. Another teacher realized how she might be making students late when she keeps them after class to talk — especially since that student only has five minutes to get to their next class/drop off heavy textbooks at their locker/visit with friends in the halls.
Does your school offer a similar program? If you could be a student for a day, what would you like to find out?