The economy is struggling, the personal touch we used to receive at so many businesses has been replaced with a voice robot or someone who lives in another country.
We live in a global society and so much of our contact is now online due to technology. You literally can live a pretty normal life these days and hardly interact or talk to anyone for days.
This is the world kids are now growing up in. I realize that is more convenient to use technology for so much of life’s task, however, I don’t think its particularly healthy in the long run.
Which brings me to my point.
I think it is crucial to teach kids to work together in our classrooms as much as possible. Learning how to interact with different kids, resolving conflicts, being patient with one another, learning from one anothers talents and gifts and just the pure joy of accomplishing something as a whole rather than just an individual is an amazing lesson that will lead to a more fulfilled and successful life.
Even when kids go out for recess, I think it is important to organize a sporting activity that they can do together. Sometimes kids do this on their own, which is a good thing and gives me hope for the future.
I don’t want to give away my age, but I remember when we would go outside to play (this is before video games), we were forced to use our imagination.
I became RacerX or Speed Racer in my mind and played that role all day (now I have given away my age) as my other friends would become my mortal enemies or superhero sidekicks. Sometimes it was a good game of kickball or we would go and find twigs and make homemade bow and arrows (now you know I’m old…but not really).
I just think that sometimes kids have too many options with technology and sometimes lose the art of working and imagining together.
So as teachers or parents, make sure as you introduce kids learning songs, educational games and kids learning tools, you also develop activities that encourage our future citizens to work together.
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