At my current place of employ, there is a lot of talk re: self-advocacy and the power to change oneâ€™s world, but not nearly as much talk re:owning the learning process. This is a carry-over from the lack of responsibility many students have in their lives outside of school. They wait for things to be done to them and for them, rather than thinking, â€œWhat can I do for myself?â€
Teachers and parents are a big part of the problem. How many times have teachers given students study guides and/or outlines for tests? How often do teachers establish checkpoints for major projects? How often do teachers give â€œextra creditâ€, accept homework thatâ€™s more than a week old, or give the opportunity to re-take a test or a quiz, sometimes multiple times? How many times have the parents of our students brought or faxed homework to school that their children â€œforgot.â€
French students don’t expect this much hand-holding, Miss Profe says.
When my daughter was an SAT tutor, she had students who thought they were putting one over on her if they didn’t do the work. Her view was, “It’s your choice. I get paid whether you do well or not.”