Do you remember when you were in school and your teachers just gave you a ton of math and English homework? As you sat at the dining room table doing your homework you could hear the laughter of the neighborhood kids playing. With each question you got more and more frustrated until you finally shouted out, “Why do I have to do all this homework, I’ll never use this in real life!”
Ok, so I know many of you loved school and got a lot out of all the extra homework. As for me, I spent most of my days in class doing just enough to get by. Thankfully, I graduated with a good GPA, got into college and earned a degree. I remember all of the classes I had to take, once again thinking to myself, “I’ll never use this in real life.”
I know I am not alone in this feeling. In fact, I still hear people say things like “school was pointless,” or “I never use this as an adult.” But what I’ve come to realize over the course of the last few years, is how important many of the foundational lessons school gave me were. Each day, many of the skills my teachers and professors helped cultivate in me are put to use.
What I thought was just another class I had to take, has become one of the core skills I use each and every day. I have found a new passion in using data to improve my lesson delivery and helping my students maximize their growth. Once again, I’m using those lessons I learned in “real life.”
It’s funny how things work out. As I remember the younger me, I wish I could now go back and tell her to pay a little more attention in class. But, our experiences are what shape us into who we are. My hope in this post is that you take the time to reflect on all the lessons you’ve been given. That you remember all the “pointless assignments” you were given, and see the real truth you gained. I also want to say thank you to all the teachers who put up with me through the years and the special few took extra time to invest in me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Bonneville Academy is a K-8 STEM school in Stansbury Park, Utah. Bonneville Academy will foster critical thinking and problem solving skills in a challenging, student-centered environment; by encouraging exploration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Preparing students for success in our ever changing dynamic world.