The average student spends about 1,400 hours in school every year. That's a lot of time devoted to mastering reading, writing and arithmetic. But any student (former or current) knows that school is about much more than academics. During the school day, kids interact with teachers and peers, eat together, engage in extracurricular activities, explore their talents and navigate lots of new life experiences.
Today's kids are busy.
We wanted to hear what Chicago-area kids really think about school (the good and the not-so-good). So we assembled a panel of 14 kids between the ages of 7 and 13 to talk about what goes on at their schools. This is what they had to say.
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Who is your favorite teacher?
Mrs. Soulias taught me in math and has improved my skills by a million! I've learned an extreme amount of things from her. Her teaching strategies have persuaded me and I decided I would like to become a mathematician! Klaudia
My favorite teacher is Mrs. Diana Schmidt. She is one of the most challenging teachers in the school and we all feel at home in her classroom. She allows us to be funny and have a good time, but expects us to be able to get on track when we need to work. Hristina
My music teacher because she'll give you a second chance if you make a mistake. Jamani
Mrs. Solvsberg is my favorite teacher. She challenges me and encourages me to do my best. She is a great teacher! Dylan