You’ve heard of the three R’s of education: reading, writing, and arithmetic. There are four R’s we typically focus on daily here at Miller: relationships, relevance, rigor, and results. The original three R’s are rolled into all areas (along with a wealth of required state-mandated TEKS, student expectations, and rules). I’m instantly reminded of a conversation with a student not long ago on this topic:
Me: So how are things going with you in your class so far this year? Are you comfortable in your class?
Student: You know, I have to trust my teacher and she must trust me. My class works as a team through games and “talk time.” Our parents help us and we ask them questions on our blog everyday.
Me: It’s sounds like you are building relationships with each other pretty well. What about the things your teacher does to relate your work to your life?
Student: She tells me she creates our lessons to meet our needs. She makes certain she designs our work to mean something to each of us.
Me: Is your work hard for you? What does your teacher do to help you understand?
Student: I see us repeating some things or adding to them each time we visit them again. It’s hard work being a student, Mrs. Van! 🙂
Me: How do you know you’re doing well? What does your teacher do to show you your success?
Student: She grades our work, talks about our work with us, shows us good work samples, and really makes us think about our work. Sometimes, I wish she would just let it be . . .” 🙂
This brief conversation into the learner’s insight, perception, and reality of daily work–the relationship, the relevance, the rigor, and the final results–is a powerful reflection indeed! Does everyone feel this way . . . no . . . but we can push ourselves to “R4 is the score!”
Note: We are moving ahead this evening with the fifth annual Field of Readers Event at the Multipurpose Stadium from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!