So what I am writing about is not writing.
I note that I haven't blogged since November (hey, all, thanks for noticing!), and that's totally fine. Because my voice isn't the one that needs to be heard in and amidst all of the education chatter that goes on out here on the Interwebz. In my 15th year of teaching, I'm feeling pretty good about the things I know, the things I don't know, what I can learn, and what I still need to (which is endless, but that's OK, because that's life).
There's one little thing that nags me though: student voice. Or the lack thereof. As a math teacher, I've not ever given a lot of thought to student voice. Even when I have tried to make things more engaging, change things, do more activities or less, it's still been (for the students) that my class is more a case of done TO, and less a case of done WITH.
And that's a problem. Because there's CONTENT that needs to be covered, dammit! Who's got time to hear from students? And in the world we're in, with tests and SGOs and college acceptances and midterms and so on, I'm acutely aware that teacher voice is becoming ever quieter. We're being heard less and less.
We're getting so quiet, in fact, that we're reaching the level of quietness that formerly was reserved for the STUDENTS we teach.
Isn't it funny? I worry so much that teachers aren't being heard, that I'm coming face-to-face with the fact that students NEVER have been heard, and that we're approaching them in lack of influence over the national educational conversation. Ha ha ha.