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Restructuring Education

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Restructuring Education

    Restructuring

    Education

    Through

    Listening To And

    Involving

    Our Children

    Dr. Raymond E. Morley

    Cooperating Teacher,

    And Counselors

The information for this publication was gathered through personal interviews with students by

    teachers enrolled in graduate classes in July 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 offered through Area

    Education Agency VIICedar Falls via Viterbo College, La Crosse, Wisconsin. Class title At-Risk

    StudentsA Team Approach

    Teachers Involved In The Interviews Teachers Involved In The Interviews

Laura Angove, Waterloo, Iowa Becky Kemming, Waverly, Iowa

    Christine Bailey, Waterloo, Iowa Mary Kies, Jesup, Iowa

    Karen Bergan, Victor, Iowa Jim Kilkenny, Cedar Falls, Iowa

    Alma Bigelow, Cedar Falls, Iowa Jeff Koch, Cedar Falls, Iowa Diane Boehmke, Cedar Falls, Iowa Bernie Kohrs, Waterloo, Iowa Denise Bovy, Reinbeck, Iowa Kathleen Latta, Waterloo, Iowa Barbara Bowers, Fayette, Iowa Terry Laughlin, Clarksville, Iowa Mary Kay Bowling, Waterloo, Iowa Susan Lyons, Cedar Falls, Iowa Carla Brandt, Denver, Iowa Nancy Magee, Waterloo, Iowa Marlene Brim, Cedar Falls, Iowa Edie McCaw, Dike, Iowa Penny Bunger, Waterloo, Iowa Evan McCormick, Indianola, Iowa Sue Burrock, Arlington, Iowa Michele Mead, Cedar Falls, Iowa Betty Butler, Cedar Falls, Iowa Judy Miller, Waterloo, Iowa Renee Cabbage, Waterloo, Iowa Lisa Miller, Sumner, Iowa Jamie Carroll, Waterloo, Iowa Judy Moser, Cedar Falls, Iowa Barbara Clem, Mediapolis, Iowa Donna Nanke, Waterloo, Iowa Denise Clipperton, Waverly, Iowa Jerry Nissen, Cedar Falls, Iowa Robin Courbet, Waterloo, Iowa Brenda O’Brien, Waterloo, Iowa Howard Craven, Waterloo, Iowa Russ Peatrowsky, Waverly, Iowa Ellen Crayne, Waverly, Iowa Rodney Payne, La Porte City, Iowa Ann Cunningham, Cedar Falls, Iowa Chris Peck, Evansdale, Iowa Craig DeBerg, Dike, Iowa Susan Pelleymounter, Cedar Falls, Iowa Phyllis Dedrick, Cedar Falls, Iowa Deb Pfalzgraf, Waterloo, Iowa Scott DeJons, Ankeny, Iowa David Piersol, Cedar Falls, Iowa Chris Diller, Waterloo, Iowa Linda Podhajsky, Waverly, Iowa Sharon Ellis, Waterloo, Iowa Jolene Urdy, Dike, Iowa Carole Eslinger, New Hapton, Iowa Jim Renning, Shell Rock, Iowa Andrea Finley, Waterloo, Iowa Sally Robinson, Cedar Falls, Iowa Nancy Frederiksen, Cedar Falls, Iowa Michael Savage, Marion, Iowa Claudia Freed, Dike, Iowa Denise Schares, Palmer, Iowa Val Frey, Denver, Iowa Donna Schildroth, Fredericksburg, Iowa Jean Garauerta, Reinbeck, Iowa Christy Schmitt, Hudson, Iowa Genie Garthoff, Waterloo, Iowa J. Matthew Schutt, Waverly, Iowa Robert Gifford, Janesville, Iowa Lynn Sellers, Waterloo, Iowa Collenn Goodenbour, Waterloo, Iowa Kathryn Sharp, Hudson, Iowa Judy Graf, Cedar Falls, Iowa Carol Shelton, Waterloo, Iowa Larrie Groothuis, Cedar Falls, Iowa Marian Sherman, Aplington, Iowa Cheryl Grosvenor, New Hartford, Iowa R. Nickolas Shinstine, Parkersburg, Iowa Susan Grotewold, Cedar Falls, Iowa Corwin Stuart, Brooklyn, Iowa Barb Harken, Shell Rock, Iowa Carrie Taylor, Waterloo, Iowa Lee Ann Harken, Aplington, Iowa Theresa Thoms, Steamboat Rock, Iowa Linda Harris, Waterloo, Iowa Gail Thornton, Cedar Falls, Iowa Winnie Hayes, Cedar Falls, Iowa Kathleen Timlin, Lawler, Iowa Mary Heber, Waterloo, Iowa Dixie Unangst, Denver, Iowa David Henney, Cedar Falls, Iowa Carol Walke, Sumner, Iowa Bill Henry, Waterloo, Iowa Liz Waskow, Dunkerton, Iowa Marcia Henry, Waterloo, Iowa Rhonda Westin, Waterloo, Iowa Vicki Holler, Waterloo, Iowa Lora Willhite, Waterloo, Iowa Julia Howard, Waterloo, Iowa Millicent Williams, Waterloo, Iowa Donald Huff, Waterloo, Iowa Pat Winblade, Jesup, Iowa Donna Huff, Waterloo, Iowa Linda Wittenburg, Denver, Iowa Isabella Johnson, Waterloo, Iowa Deb Yuska, Waterloo, Iowa

    INTRODUCTION

The results of this simple research have important messages for teachers, administrators,

    counselors, food service engineers, sanitary engineers, and others who work in and near our

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    schools. Interviews with 408 children speak to what makes them want to be in school. The teachers involved in conducting the interviews are identified on the following pages. The teachers asked students four questions and recorded their responses. The results are provided in four separate formats:

    A) A composite of elementary student responses Page 3

    B) A composite of Junior High school student responses Page 4

    C) A composite of Senior High school student responses Page 5

    D) A total composite of Elementary, Middle School/Junior

     High, and Senior High School student responses Pages 6-7

    SUMMARY

    The statements contained in this publication come from children and give important clues about the type of atmosphere students desire in school and in the classroom. The students involved are telling us that cooperative learning, personal attention, clear expectations, rewards, and flexibility are very important. Of extreme importance is the message that students want to feel a sense of accomplishment and it can be gained through a multitude of ways, i.e., helping others, doing something right, cooperating with others, etc.

Students consistently ask for time to talk and express themselves. It becomes a form of

    recognition and respect and allows them space for making a contribution. All students want to contribute, but find it hard to find a way to do so. Having time to dialogue with teachers, administrators, and others helps provide a way to contribute.

    Students want a chance to assume responsibility for their education...chances that allow them to apply themselves even if they make mistakes. However, it has to be OK to make mistakes. The question becomes how willing are we to allow students to assume responsibility. How much opportunity are we willing to give when mistake after mistake is made?

    What students ask for at various education levels (Elementary, Middle School/Junior High, Senior High) is not much different. Elementary students expect many of the same things that secondary students expect of teachers, classmates, and friends. That means that there are definite expectations that can be addressed throughout a school and school district. The expectations can be determined and agreed upon locally by asking students a few basic questions.

    Students do have some definite ideas about what will make school a rewarding experience for them. Give them a chance to express themselves, but only if you are willing to listen. The children know when we listen!

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    Research Involving Middle School/Junior High Students

    Interviews with 117 Students

I have a good day with teachers when they: I have a good day with classmates when we:

; Make class fun, are happy, make me laugh, play with ; Help each other with work.

    me. ; Are not mouthy, don’t fight.

    ; Let you ask questions, doesn’t talk too much. ; Don’t make fun of each other, hassle.

    ; Say Hi, talk to me, write notes to me. ; Don’t bother each other when we don’t want to be

    bothered. ; Treat you nice even if they are in a bad mood, act

    happy. ; Get to work, get work done, come prepared for class.

    ; Give you help, give you extra help, allow enough time ; Have parties and games we like, celebrate special

    to get things done, give me time to work on occasions, laugh together.

    homework at the end of the day, let me alone to do ; Help each other with a problem, are willing to help

    things by myself. with a problem.

    ; Are not mad at me, don’t nag. ; Talk to each other.

    ; Explain things so you are sure of yourself. ; Listen in class, listen to each other, ask questions that

    ; Don’t give too much homework, small assignments. help each other learn, agree on what is to be done.

    ; Treat us equally. ; Give each other approval.

    ; Don’t yell at you. ; Don’t act out so the teacher has to stop and discipline

    us, cooperate with the teacher. ; Make things interesting, assign a variety of things so I

    don’t get bored, explain what is trying to be taught, ; Are courteous.

    does extraordinary things. ; Do activities instead of teacher talking, do activities ; Give me rewards, say I do a good job when I do, tell together.

    others about my good job. ; Invite each other to go places and do things.

    ; Don’t get me into trouble, don’t call on me if my hand

    is not up.

    ; Answer all my questions, wants to know my opinion,

    finish assignments on time.

    ; Celebrate birthdays.

    ; Help me with my problems, understand when I have a

    problem.

    ; Let me be responsible, give me responsibility.

     What happens in school when I get a sense of I have a good day with friends when we: achievement: ; Worked hard during school day, get homework done ; Don’t tease too much. in school. ; Help with chores and school work. ; Get work completed, get a big assignment done. ; Have fun, play. ; Get good grades, especially the best; pass a subject. ; Talk to each other, smile at each other. ; Remember information. ; Find something to do that we like, sometimes do ; Do well when a project is really hard, do better than things we are not supposed to do as long as it is not others/sometimes better than everybody. really bad. ; Teacher takes a personal interest in what I’ve done. ; Win when competing. ; Teacher says I’m doing well. ; Say what is on our minds. ; When I make it to class/school on time. ; Plan things together. ; Doing what I am supposed to. ; Do things for each other. ; Working fast because I understand, getting things done ; Invite us to go someplace or do something. quickly. ; Don’t boss each other around. ; Understand what I am doing. ; Get through the day without trouble. ; Finish things on my own. ; Have no disagreements, are in a good mood, get along, ; Sports. no fights, not mad at each other, don’t ignore each ; Get compliments for work by teachers and others, other, don’t talk behind our back. teacher tells others about my good work, teacher ; Dare to meet a new person. recognizes me by name, teacher asks for my opinion and pays attention to it.

    ; Help others or give ideas to others

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    ; Do something different from the rest of the crowd.

    Research Involving Senior High Students

    Interviews with 114 Student

I have a good day with teachers when they: I have a good day with classmates when we:

; Greet me entering class. ; Are having fun, good mood.

    ; Look at me. ; Help each other, help with homework, accept opinions

    of each other, let each other be part of the group when ; Are willing to help, take time to help me.

    everyone is equal and treated alike. ; Have a good attitude, don’t bring problems to class.

    ; Leave each other alone to get work done. ; Encourage me, compliment me, want to know my

    ; Give respect to teachers, don’t get them in a bad opinions, point out my strengths as well as my

    mood. weaknesses, lets me ask questions.

    ; Get involved in class discussions, talk to each other, ; Have fun, good mood, don’t argue, humor, games.

    come prepared for class. ; When they don’t call on me in class because I hate to

    ; Celebrate special events. answer questions in front of class.

    ; Don’t pick on each other, don’t make fun of me in ; Are organized, get work back on time, know what we

    class, no put-downs. are doing for the day and get at it, don’t waste time.

    ; Are in group work, work together to accomplish one ; Listen, be patient.

    thing, can get active and out of our seats. ; Teach something valuable, no mickey mouse, explain

    ; Don’t let popularity get in the way. things so I can understand.

    ; Give each other ideas, ask questions in class, rely on ; Are on time, in class before students show up.

    me for help/answers. ; Recognize me, recognize me by name, talk to me about

    ; When they mind their own business, leave me alone, things other than school.

    don’t bother me. ; Change routines, different techniques, creative.

    ; Celebrate special events, share same concerns. ; Give me a chance, involve me in discussion,

    demonstrate they want me to understand, ask me to

    help them.

    ; Let me work at my own pace, don’t get delayed by

    others.

    ; Are fair, don’t blame or criticize, don’t nag, don’t

    preach at me.

    ; Come to me to check how things are going, let me talk

    to them about my problems.

    ; Talk to me, small discussion before class, form groups

    around the teacher’s desk.

    What happens in school when I get a sense of I have a good day with friends when we: achievement: ; Get good grades, get an ―A,‖ pass a test. ; Can joke around, pretend nothing is serious. ; Do good work on a project, satisfied, get work posted up ; Have a pleasant time, no grudges, treat each other as a good example, get to class on time with all the things positively, give support, encourage each other, smile, I need. don’t talk behind our back. ; Others compliment my work. ; Trust each other, agree with each other. ; Someone says ―Hi,‖ ―Good Job,‖ encourages me, praises ; We help each other make decisions, give each other me when I am right. ideas, care for each other, help solve problems, just ; Make it through the day without going to the office. being there, don’t leave me alone when I need help. ; Learn by mistakes, mistakes are OK.

    ; Get a chance to be together, get a chance to be ; Liked and respected.

    together with those of my own choice, celebrate ; When things go the way I want them to.

    important events like birthdays, stay at each other’s ; Able to raise my hand with a right answer.

    house, go to some classes together, eat lunch together. ; Get work in on time, something completed in classroom,

    get my work done so I don’t have to take it home. ; Write to each other, chance to pass notes. ; Not monitored all the time and still get work done. ; Break up fights. ; Choose your teachers and classes; sports. ; Understand a new idea; good communication.

    ; My brain is full and my body is tired.

    ; Perform well in front of others.

    ; When somebody ―really‖ needs me, when I make

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    somebody happy.

    ; Selected for student council, selected to be a leader, selected student of the month.

    Composite of Elementary, Middle School/Junior High, and Senior High Students Responses

    Interviews with 408 Students 177 Elementary, 117 Junior High, 114 Senior High I have a good day with teachers when they: I have a good day with classmates when we: ; Spend time alone with us, check with us to see how ; Don’t tease make fun of each other, don’t bug each things are going, give extra help, eat together, are other, don’t argue, don’t bother each other when we willing to help, talk about personal problems, read/talk don’t want to be bothered, don’t judge each other, no to us, lets us help, invite us to do things. put-downs, mind our own business, leave each other ; Play games and celebrate birthdays, have special along. programs, have fun, make us laugh; play with us, go ; Celebrate special occasions, have fun and are in a good places/field trips. mood, joke, play with each other, laugh together, get ; Don’t holler or get on our nerves, don’t yell, leave no active and out of our seats. marks on us, don’t argue, are not made at us, don’t ; Help each other with a problem, are willing to help bring problems to class, no nagging, don’t preach at us. each other, listen and respond, include each other, ; Are in a good mood, smile, cheerful, nice even in a bad treat each other alike/equally, share the same concerns, mood, act happy, have a good attitude, joke around, rely on each other for help/answers, do things sing, give hugs, stay cool. together.

    ; Look at us, greet us upon entering class, wait for us at ; Talk to each other, say hello in the morning, share, go the door, recognize us, say Hi, tells us how nice we places together, do activities together instead of look, treat us equally, no favorites. teacher talking, work together in groups, invite each

    other to do things. ; Listen to us, let us talk, talks to us, small discussion

    before class, form groups around the teacher’s desk, ; Show up, keep commitments. want to know our opinion, give us a chance, ask us to ; Compliment each other, cheer for each other, laugh help them, let us ask questions, involve us in together, play together. discussions, understands when we are having a ; Don’t ignore each other, talk to each other, act like we problem, do not call on us if our hands are down, are like each other. patient. ; Give respect to the teacher, don’t get them in bad ; Help us understand, explain things so you are sure of mood, don’t act up which requires time for discipline, yourself and what the teacher is trying to teach, answer cooperate with the teacher, pay attention, don’t disrupt all of our questions, help us get work done, give us class. time to work on homework at the end of the day, give ; Get to work, get work done, work hard. examples. ; Are not mouthy, don’t fight, no one gets mad for ; When a teacher doesn’t push people on us that don’t stupid reasons, don’t push or throw things, don’t call want to work with us. each other names. ; Help us with our problems, don’t’ send us to ; Help each other with work, study together, work on principal’s office, don’t give out naughty notes, are fair, the computer together, work together to accomplish don’t blame or criticize, cooperate, protect us from one thing. other kids who pick on us, talk to us about things ; Get involved in class discussions, talk to each other, other than school. give each other ideas, be prepared for class, ask ; Point out strengths as well as weaknesses. questions that can help us learn, agree on what is to be ; Organized, get work back on time, identify what is to done. be done and gets us at it, don’t waste time, help us ; Are courteous. finish assignments on time, are on time or before ; Don’t let popularity get in the way. students show up, allow enough time to get work

    finished, pushes us.

    ; Teach something valuable, no mickey mouse, teach

    hard and easy stuff, demonstrate that they want us to

    understand.

    ; Make things interesting, give interesting assignments,

    give a variety of experiences so we don’t get bored,

    keep us busy, give lots of work, doesn’t talk so much,

    different techniques, creative, do extraordinary things,

    let us work at our own pace so we don’t get delayed by

    others, make learning fun.

    ; Let us alone to do things by ourselves, give us

    responsibility; don’t call on me in class because I hate

    to answer questions in front of the class.

    ; Give us rewards; privately says I do a good job when I

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do, tell others about our good work, give out nice

    notes, get a star, make us kids of the week, provide

    snacks, give us some free time, extra recess time, free

    assignments (when you can skip an assignments), let us

    know we are doing OK; compliments us, wants us to

    do well, and work hard, gives us stickers.

    Composite of Elementary, Middle School/Junior High, and Senior High Students Responses

    Interviews with 408 Students 177 Elementary, 117 Junior High, 114 Senior High

    I have a good day with friends when we: What happens in school when I get a sense of achievement:

    ; Don’t tease too much, don’t talk behind our back. ; Choose your teacher or classes.

    ; Trust each other, don’t share personal secrets all over ; Learn by mistakesmistakes are OK.

    the place, keep secrets. ; Get good grades, especially the best, pass a subject, get

    ; Can joke around, pretend nothing is serious, have fun, the right answer, do something right, able to raise our play without cheating, be togetherstay at each hand with the right answer, do well when a project is other’s home, celebrate important events. really hard, good note sent home, get a good test paper

    ; When we don’t get caught in the middle of someone on a hard subject, get an ―A,‖ get a big assignment

    else’s mess. done, reach goals.

    ; Get each other involved, talk each other into ; Selected to be a leader, help others, perform well in something fun. front of others, selected to be a teacher, asked to help

    when teachers ask for help, recognized for being loyal, ; Make each other feel good, talk and share secrets, do

    praised when right. things for each other, say what is on our minds.

    ; When we can make somebody happy. ; Spend time together each day, just be there, don’t leave

    each other alone when we need help, go to some ; Do good work on a project and feel satisfied, get

    classes together, each lunch together. work done, get work posted up as a good example,

    work hard during the school day, finish work on time, ; Help each other make decisions, give each other ideas,

    get something done in the classroom, get work done help each other with work/projects, care for each

    without constant monitoring, get work done so we other, always be there for each other, help solve

    don’t have to take it home, do better than problems, plan things together, win together, listen and

    others/sometimes better than everybody. understand each other sometimes do things we are not

    supposed to do as long as it is not really bad. ; Do what we are supposed to, understand what we are

    doing/know what is going on, work fast because we ; Have a pleasant time, no grudges, treat each other

    understand, know our facts. positively, give support, encourage each other, smile.

    ; When my brain is full and my body is tired. ; Write to each other.

    ; Teacher takes a personal interest in what we’ve done, ; Have no disagreements, not mad at each other, don’t

    good communication with the teacher, get a pat on the ignore each other, don’t fuss when somebody else

    back, liked and respected, not monitored all the time. wins, get through a day without trouble.

    ; Sports, get a spot an a team. ; Dare to meet a new person.

    ; When someone ―really‖ needs me. ; Don’t boss each other around.

    ; Selected for student council, selected student of the ; Invite each other to go someplace or be on a team or

    month. special group.

    ; Teacher says my name in class, pays attention to my ; Break up fights.

    opinions. ; Understand when we want to play with someone else.

    ; When things go the way we want them to. ; Apologize for being wrong or doing something that

    wasn’t right. ; Knowing we learned something new, when we

     improve, when we win, understand a new idea, pass a

    test, gain knowledge.

    ; Others compliment our work, someone encourages us,

    get compliments from the teacher, teacher tells others

    about our good work, teacher says we are doing well,

    teacher takes a personal interest in what we have done,

    win prizes, recognized for improving, selected to be

    first, first to use things and books.

    ; When we get certificates/good results from principal.

    ; Get through the day without trouble and somebody

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    notices.

    ; Do something different from the rest of the crowd.

    ; When we make it to class/school on time with all the

    things we need.

    ; Make it through the day without going to the office.

    ; Practicing then doing well in competition.

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