A Day in the Life of a Student

By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

Instructor Elizabeth Ito recently shared with me this article from the blog of Grant Wiggins, co-author of Understanding By Design (my favorite curriculum design framework, by the way). In this post, Wiggins shares the account of a high school teacher who spent two days shadowing students and documenting her experience.

The account begins “I have made a terrible mistake. I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day”. She goes on to describe the experiences that led to her three key takeaways:

  1. Students sit all day, and sitting is exhausting.
  2. High School students are sitting passively and listening during approximately 90% of their classes.
  3. You feel a little bit like a nuisance all day long.

Although she is describing the experience of high school students, I think there is wisdom to be gained from her account. At the very least, it made me wonder what a day in the life of my students looks like, and how I might change things if I had a chance to walk in their shoes for a bit.

Read the full account here.

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