Chapter 1: What is a Student-Led Classroom?
In this chapter, the author discusses our desired outcome: a classroom of empowered, self-propelled learners. In this world, students are collaborative, resourceful, confident and curious.
This may be a huge leap for some teachers to give up (some) their power to empower their students. Additional concerns are addressed in Chapter 2 of the book. However, it's this shift in power that will dissipate behavior issues, motivate students, and allow for their creativity to shine through. Not only that, but creating an environment where students have control allows them to develop real-world skills, like negotiating, debating, summarizing, being open-minded and resourceful, and so much more.
The idea of students not needing to consult a teacher also appeals to me for a few reasons - first, with class sizes only getting bigger and bigger, we need to create a world where they don't rely on teachers all the time. One of me, and 20+ of them...I'd rather save myself some frustration thankyouverymuch.
And come to think of this, isn't this what happens in grad school? We are given choices to explore what we want to learn, and then have to find appropriate resources, sift through information, and create / summarize / grow from there. Why wait until higher education to let students learn about what they are interested in?
So this sounds like a great philosophy, but how did I fair in integrating this in my teacher...
What does this look like in my classroom?
Reminder of my teaching task: As a teacher in a bilingual school, I teach French as a Second Language to a grade 1 and a grade 2 class. My English counterpart and I rotate the 2 groups every day. While I touch on science, my main focus is literacy and art.
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