I saw this on Twitter and as someone who struggles to a) manage shiny object syndrome and b) tell you what I want (what I really really want, zigazig ah) …this was a great, simple question.
If you can’t read it, the question a teacher asked was: “If I let you teach my students for one hour… what subject/lesson/objective would you choose to teach and how?”
Cool question! ALL HAIL GOOD TEACHERS!
I don’t know how old your students are 🙂 But perhaps I’d talk about how to determine the agenda of any given piece of media. First question to ask yourself: “Who’s paying for this?” Second question: “Who’s getting paid?” pic.twitter.com/4vWHqjXmtS
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) March 7, 2018
One Thing I Wish I Could Teach You
What I want people to know (and I think it’d be great if kids were taught this) is that your decisions are the right ones. Your decisions don’t have to be what your parents, teachers, siblings and other people who influence your life want you to do.
- You can listen to them.
- You can consider what they tell you.
- You can consider how you feel about the options they suggest to you.
- You can trust your gut about what you want and what will suit you.
- You can try things.
- You can fail and give up.
- You can fail and try again.
- You can succeed, and still choose not to continue something.
- You can succeed, and pass it along to someone else.
Of course, I don’t think there’s a hope in hell any school would want me to show up and tell them that their teachers might not be worth listening to.
I guess that’s why I’ve half written a book on it.
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What would you tell students if you had just one hour to get a message across?