This week I have been part of a pre-high school camp, to help our students get used to working together in high school. It’s free for kids – 50 places. We had 17 the first day, down to 12 by the second day. How sad.
The kids who did come were quite amazing – total participation, total effort, working together. There were 4 adults, and 2 of us did everything, despite our unfitness and age. We were whipped. The other two – not so much.
If we could get half the incoming freshmen to be part of this group collaborative, our high school experience would be completely different. I can only imagine a high school where students work together, support each other, and try new things. I plow on with a different style of geometry ( sadly, I have been here 8 years ago, when we made terrific progress, but then I got taken out of that slot, being too unconventional).
Life goes on 🙂