This semester I have been blessed with AMP. AMP is Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose. Those are the three steps to becoming successful at things people enjoy. I am extremely grateful for this and this class because it has changed my outlook on how school should be run.
I am a senior this year and am taking very difficult classes in my last semester. Throughout my past school years, I had thought that the only way to do things was the way the teacher told us we had to do them and that that, was the correct way. I was being fed lies. Many times in class, teachers give boring powerpoints about things we have already learned or heard before. Generally, powerpoints consist of the teacher standing in the front of the room with a picture and description, waits for us to write it down, asks if we have questions, then goes to the next slide. Although this valued method of teaching is preferred among high school teachers, it is not valued to students like me, the auditory learners of the world. I am not the type of student who can see something and memorize it. On the other hand, anything that is said to me is retained. So teachers that don’t speak or discuss, are my nightmares. Another flaw to the fantastic system of powerpoint lectures is that they only benefit the slow learner (unless you are in a class of other people that are exactly like you… in most cases you won’t be). The teacher waits for EVERY student to finish writing down EVERY DETAIL. Being a quick learner, this is the most frustrating thing for me and it causes me to:
1) Dislike the material. It becomes instantly boring to me if it is moving slowly. Similarly how watching paint dry is boring to everyone in the world.
2) Dislike the student writing everything down. There is no need to write down sentences like, “The next slide explains this in more detail.” It takes up my time that I am beginning to feel I am wasting.
3) Dislike the teacher. If the things being “explained” are slow and uninteresting as it is, then on top of it, the teacher doesn’t make it appealing and is moving like a snail, any interest I may have had is now gone.
Now I have heard before, “Just adapt to this. Be considerate of other people. Not everyone can be a quick learner.” Well, this may come as a shock, but AP classes are challenging and fast paced. Who would have thought? Given that I, like many other AP students, take multiple AP classes in a single semester, sitting in a classroom, waiting on one kid to finish up writing his note play-by-play is not ideal. I need to use all of my time beneficially and waiting on lecture notes is not how to do so.
Why not do other homework in that class, you may ask. Well because then I get yelled at for being “off-task”. Again, a flaw with the current situation.
What solution do you have for this then? It sounds like this might be a problem for other students too. Well I never have any problems in this class. I can do what I want, when I want and I always feel that I am doing something worthwhile. I can go at a faster pace at my own computer because everyone is doing their own thing on THEIR OWN computer. I am not held back from going ahead because I am able to do everything at my own pace. If I need to re-watch a video, I can without holding anyone else up. If someone else has a question they can ask or simply search it without bothering anyone else. The best part? The videos are visual and auditory. So they benefit both types of learners.
I would have never realized this before had I not taken this class. Also, being autonomous led me to create this pie for my english class. Pie is Point, Illustration, and Example. Saying this out loud helps me pass AP writes. Which is leading me to become an AP master. Which fulfills my purpose for being in high school (aside from getting into college of course.)