I’m so glad that you are having a good experience with your 6th grade students this year! It’s hard to say exactly what it is that gets students to change their mind about learning and their educational possibilities. It’s something that happens over time with all of the negative experiences that get these children to look at life and their education in a different way. There comes a point when students have enough of getting bad grades, or not meeting up to the standards or expectations of teachers, parents, siblings, or peers. It’s not that these students are failing; I think that our education system is failing these students. Behind that negative attitude and the wall that they have built up is a tremendous amount of possibility and potential. This makes our job as teachers that much harder.
Despite all of these obstacles, how do we excite and awaken that potential in each of our students? We may not be able to reach them all, but the fact that we are in this EMDT program together means that we are seeking ways to better our teaching practice, in order to reach and motivate more students, using the technology that is such a big part of their lives. Listening to all of the progress that you’ve made with your AR project, I know that you are making a huge difference with the students at your school. Teachers at your school are starting to take notice of your success, so slowly; many others will start to catch on!