Back To School Night
Posted on August 23, 2013
Last night was our kids’ “Back to school night (BSN)” which I wasn’t enthused to attend. I figured it will all be the same as the previous years anyway. My eldest daughter was insistent and urged me to attend and so I went with my hubby. My youngest is now in 6th grade which means she now joins her sister in the middle school and it also indicates that they have the same BSN schedule.
For those who have no idea what happens in a “back to school night” it’s about the parents only (no kids) meeting the school teachers and admin. You get to sit on your child’s seat and basically listen to teachers summarizing the curriculum/syllabus and other future projects and activities that your child will encounter.
A Pleasant Surprise
My husband and I decided to split; I went to my 8th grader and he went to our 6th grader meeting. I realized it will break my daughter’s heart if I didn’t attend because she did something special from her heart. A folder is neatly arranged on top of each desk with all the information such as forms, schedules, syllabus, etc. I saw a personal note from my daughter when I opened the folder. It was a note of appreciation and expression of love to us for sending her in that school which she loves so dearly. Now I know why she was very insistent 🙂
One of the things I enjoyed looking around the classroom is the “Farcebook” page that they created. Although they are not allowed to use Facebook for many legit reasons, it’s similar to face-book page but it was on a poster and full of future hopes and dreams including funny stuff. I was amazed to see that a huge part of their class hopes to enter Stanford or Santa Clara University which is not surprising since those are the closest but nicest schools in the area.
Tech Savvy Gen Z’s
Kids now a day are the true digital natives, having born with internet as part of their life growing up. I love the fact that my kids’ school provides each student a mac book to use as part of their learning tool. It is where they do their homework, readings, research, and all kinds of stuff in learning. I remember my daughter made a video project using Mac a few years ago and the quality was excellent.
This year however, the laptops are now phased out. The school has decided to distribute iPad instead of the mac laptop as part of the school technology initiative. I was trying to weigh the benefits but I’m always open to change when it comes to technology in learning. The teachers explained the interactive learning through the use of different apps. It will promote creative thinking and intellectual curiosity because iPad allows an easy access at their fingertips. Other software and course sites were discussed that will be part of the process. It’s like a hybrid online and cohort learning that makes me excited for my kids. I know these are only tools; everything still depends on curriculum, parents, and teacher-student engagement nonetheless.