Got a problem? Don't know what to do? Let my students answer it for you. Here's how:
1. Submit a question in the comments section below. Make sure it's appropriate for 8 year olds to read.
On appropriateness, I'm not saying it has to be a problem an 8 year old would understand, just that it's not sexual or violent.
2. You can ask for relationship advice, job advice, life decisions, anything. Give as much detail as you can. For example, if you're thinking about leaving your job, tell what you don't like about it, and tell what you're thinking about doing next. I'll have my students write their opinions, and I'll post the best answers, with pictures (8 year olds love to draw pictures). If you want a new haircut, or a new look, send in a picture, and tell what you're thinking, maybe mention your favorite music, I'll show them your picture, play them your music, and have them make a decision about what you should do.
3. There are 17 kids in my class. Five or six of them will waste their time, write unintelligibly, or sit for half an hour, whining, "I don't know what to write." So you've got twelve 8 and 9 year olds on the job. We'll go over their advice, and pick the one that we think is best. I'll post that one here, and on my class blog.
Isn't this child labor? No...nobody's getting paid, and I'm always looking for novel ways to motivate the kids to write.
Will the advice be any good? Who knows? You'll get either the best, most entertainingly written advice we can get from a group of average, middle class 8 and 9 year olds. You might want to follow it, but please know, if it doesn't work, this is the advice of a little kid.
So, please help me out here. Come up with a challenge from your every day living, and let me give it a crack. Will this work? I hope so. But if the results aren't any fun, I won't drag you through too many questions.
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