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Students: We Need You to Connect with Us

Jill Singleton
This week we celebrate one of our Middle School Teachers, Libby Vino, for being named NJ Non-Public Teacher of the Year. Ms. Vino represents the kind of teacher we have in all of our classrooms at All Saints – passionate about teaching and learning, working hard to make sure that the individual needs of students are front and center, and inspiring students to believe that they are capable of doing more than they thought possible.

Sadly, not all students in our country have the benefit of Ms. Vino as a teacher. Education Nation, sponsored by NBC, took on what few have dared to do – they invited students into the discussion about what is needed to reinvent the educational system in America. The sentiments expressed by these high school students affirms for me that the mission and vision of All Saints is definitely on the right track in addressing the needs of young people as they develop into the citizens and leaders of the future. Item #3 below is especially relevant to our school community – “I can’t learn from you if you are not willing to connect with me.”

Here is the complete list:
1. I have to critically think in college, but your tests don’t teach me that.
2. We learn in different ways at different rates.
3. I can’t learn from you if you are not willing to connect with me.
4. Teaching by the book is not teaching. It’s just talking.
5. Caring about each student is more important than teaching the class.
6. Every young person has a dream. Your job is to help bring us closer to our dreams.
7. We need more than teachers. We need life coaches.
8. The community should become more involved in schools.
9. Even if you don’t want to be a teacher, you can offer a student an apprenticeship.
10. Us youth love all the new technologies that come out. When you acknowledge this and use technology in your teaching it makes learning much more interesting.
11. You should be trained not just in teaching but also in counseling.
12. Tell me something good that I’m doing so that I can keep growing in that.
13. When you can feel like a family member it helps so much.
14. We appreciate when you connect with us in our worlds such as the teacher who provided us with extra help using Xbox and Skype.
15. Our teachers have too many students to enable them to connect with us in they way we need them to.
16. Bring the electives that we are actually interested in back to school. Things like drama, art, cooking, music.
17. Education leaders, teachers, funders, and policy makers need to start listening to student voice in all areas including teacher evaluations.
18. You need to use tools in the classroom that we use in the real world like Facebook, email, and other tools we use to connect and communicate.
19. You need to love a student before you can teach a student.
20. We do tests to make teachers look good and the school look good, but we know they don’t help us to learn what’s important to us.

Thoughts, questions, ideas? I’d like to hear them! Email me: jsingleton@allsaintshoboken.com
Students: We Need You to Connect with Us
This week we celebrate one of our Middle School Teachers, Libby Vino, for being named NJ Non-Public Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Vino represents the kind of teacher we have in all of our classrooms at All Saints – passionate about teaching and learning, working hard to make sure that the individual needs of students are front and center, and inspiring students to believe that they are capable of doing more than they thought possible.
Sadly, not all students in our country have the benefit of Ms. Vino as a teacher.  Education Nation, sponsored by NBC, took on what few have dared to do – they invited students into the discussion about what is needed to reinvent the educational system in America.  The sentiments expressed by these high school students affirms for me that the mission and vision of All Saints is definitely on the right track in addressing the needs of young people as they develop into the citizens and leaders of the future.  Item #3 below is especially relevant to our school community – “I can’t learn from you if you are not willing to connect with me.” 
 Here is the complete list:   
  1. I have to critically think in college, but your tests don’t teach me that.
  2. We learn in different ways at different rates.
  3. I can’t learn from you if you are not willing to connect with me.
  4. Teaching by the book is not teaching. It’s just talking.
  5. Caring about each student is more important than teaching the class.
  6. Every young person has a dream. Your job is to help bring us closer to our dreams.
  7. We need more than teachers. We need life coaches.
  8. The community should become more involved in schools.
  9. Even if you don’t want to be a teacher, you can offer a student an apprenticeship.
  10. Us youth love all the new technologies that come out. When you acknowledge this and use technology in your teaching it makes learning much more interesting.
  11. You should be trained not just in teaching but also in counseling.
  12. Tell me something good that I’m doing so that I can keep growing in that.
  13. When you can feel like a family member it helps so much.
  14. We appreciate when you connect with us in our worlds such as the teacher who provided us with extra help using Xbox and Skype.
  15. Our teachers have too many students to enable them to connect with us in they way we need them to.
  16. Bring the electives that we are actually interested in back to school. Things like drama, art, cooking, music.
  17. Education leaders, teachers, funders, and policy makers need to start listening to student voice in all areas including teacher evaluations.
  18. You need to use tools in the classroom that we use in the real world like Facebook, email, and other tools we use to connect and communicate.
  19. You need to love a student before you can teach a student.
  20. We do tests to make teachers look good and the school look good, but we know they don’t help us to learn what’s important to us.
 Thoughts, questions, ideas?  I’d like to hear them!  Email me: jsingleton@allsaintshoboken.com
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