I have great kids in my classes. I really do. They are curious, hard-working, and bright.
But today I wanted to scream. I spent quite a bit of time creating a research guide for them, a way to start finding information about social justice issues. I even created a custom google search with all my favorite resources.
So what do I find as I walk around the room? A student on Ask.com.
I corrected and sent her off in a new direction.
Two minutes later, she’s on Dogpile, saying what funny things she is finding.
SCREAM inside my head.
“Why do you think I spent time working on these resources, for you?” I ask as patiently as I can. “So you could ignore them and just browse through various links?”
I know. Kids need to learn to sift through resources on the web, figuring out which are valid and which are a waste of time. That’s certainly a valuable skill. But sometimes I want them to go directly to the best place and read.
Read and think.
Ok, I’m better now. I can do this again. Tomorrow.