One of my favorite summer jobs as a teen was being a teacher’s aide in the local Title I program. Title I was designed to give children from disadvantged environments experiences and extra help with school other children receive at home. I loved the job. Since it was a summer program, it seemed like every day we did something new with the kids to give them experiences I grew up taking for granted. Over the course of the summer, it was fun watching the kids flourish just from having a lot of new experiences.
Teaching is interesting. Just like anything else, there are different schools of thought. At some point, classrooms became very quiet with lectures, worksheets and lots of reading. While some learn well in that environment, studies have shown the best learning environments are a little different.
Today the best teachers have classrooms that often horrify older people. The students are moving around, talking, laughing and calling out in excitement. The rooms might even appear a bit messy as students handle and manipulate all sorts of things designed to spark their interest in a variety of subjects.