In a classroom last month, I overheard a student critiquing the class to another student.
“I wish we didn’t have rules here” he said.
“Rules are so elementary school!”
Any middle school teacher knows students are apt to critique everything a teacher does, including book choice, class length, class time of day, student groupings, the rules… the list goes on and on.
But many times, what students say they want is not what they need.