Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Celebrating Misfits...or Not?

I really enjoyed watched the above video that's being passed around amongst my teacher friends around the world.  But after watching it a second time, I had to ask myself, 
"Do we really want to celebrate the misfits?!"  
After teaching in London and trying my hardest to contain the various misfit-like behaviours in the classroom, I have to question whether or not we do want to celebrate those who refuse to follow the rules.  Or, maybe with this video, who we really want to celebrate are those unique individuals trying to make positive contributions to changing our world.

But "misfits" who just refuse to follow the rules or to get along with others and refuse to let others get on with their work - well, no way mister!  That child needs to remember our class rules & consequences.  Or so we would say in England anyway.

What do you think?  Should we celebrate the misfits?

Resources for Teaching in London, England
Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians
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