One thing that I try to hit home with my students is how important it is to be accountable and responsible for the things we do in life. While it is important to teach my content, it’s even more crucial that we understand that as educators, we are developing minds for the future of society. Today, we will be discussing how student accounts from CritterCoin, enable students to be responsible and accountable.
Right now, I want you to picture a student that needed improvement. This is not an opportunity to think negatively or poorly of a student; this is an opportunity to reflect on who needed a little more work than others. This can be in a space of social or academic improvement. This student in my mind did cause moments of frustration, moments of clarity, moments of joy, and moments of progress; NOT PERFECTION. Regardless of how I feel about this student, it is my job as their teacher to fill in the gaps so they can try to be the best person they can be.
I still provided for this student in every way I could. I provided for their needs sometimes when they couldn't or when their parents couldn’t. I took it into my own hands because I wanted to see my student thrive in life. I KNOW that there is at least one of those students in your mind but no matter what, we never gave up on them. For me, that was two reasons: I wanted them to be more responsible and accountable in ways that were fit for them, not in ways that worked for me.Brainstorm: If you could go back in time and give that student what they need, what would you give them?
We all have different ways of teaching these morals of responsibility and accountability. Teaching about them in the digital way from CritterCoin is a powerful tool and here are some tips on how you can increase or implement new ideas in your classroom.
As teachers, we have a lot of work that needs to be done but it is possible. We are strong and dedicated people who create the next wave of humans for our society. Regardless of what age our students are, we have a choice not always to hold their hand, guide them, or baby them at times. It will change, it will take work, and it will time to shift our system, but we can do it.
See us next time on parent engagement and how they play a big part in their child’s education!