Today, Jenny interviews Carter Thompson, a 7th-grader with tips for improving his school.
JENNY: As you are about to enter into 7th grade, can you look back at your school years and tell me what you think teachers could do to improve how they teach students?
CARTER THOMPSON: Teachers sometimes teach things are too advanced for most kids in the class, so it could be hard to keep up. It would be helpful if they were clearer with how they teach a subject.
JENNY: I can imagine that it’s difficult when there are 28 kids and only one teacher. It must be hard to figure out how to make the lessons more clear. How can they make it easier?
CARTER THOMPSON: They could go around to the kids who are having a tougher time understanding and ask them what they need help with before moving on to the next subject.
JENNY: What kind of ideas do you have to make learning more enjoyable?
CARTER THOMPSON: If they taught subjects using games sometimes it could be good. Like, think of the lessons as a game, puzzles for math or using word games for language and grammar so the kids don’t get too bored.
JENNY: One of my favorite memories of school was recess. Do schools have recess anymore?
CARTER THOMPSON: Right now my school gives 5 to 7 minute breaks between each class. To give a good brain break, I think it would be a good idea to have recess. It’s also a good way to merge mental and physical activities. They don’t do it anymore and kids could use the exercise.
JENNY: As a final piece of advice to make school better for kids what would it be?
CARTER THOMPSON: To change the cafeteria food. The food at school is not good. It tastes bad and is bad. If they are charging us for food, they should at least make sure it’s good food and good for us.
JENNY: Well said Carter! Hope some teachers listen to your great tips and make some changes for the better! Good luck in 7th grade!