I’ve written before about teachers and students swapping roles, and so has my amazing 60-60-60 mirror, @mmhoward. But what if we teachers simply had to enroll in our own classes?
Would we ourselves enjoy the structure we employ, the instructional practice, the methodology, the routines and the repetitions? Do we really think that all of the students in our classes learn just like we did…like we do?
What if we also had to enroll in at least one more class – a class that is completely and utterly different than the one we teach? In that place of uncomfortableness, wouldn’t we learn how to reach more of our students…the ones who don’t think and learn just like we do?
Don’t we owe it to our young learners to put ourselves in our own classes, as well as in at least one more that stretches and perplexes us?
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[This post was cross-published on Inquire Within on September 14, 2012.]
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Almost there, Bo. Thank you for this project and its many lessons. Today, I love “stretches and perplexes,” being a primarily auditory learner.
Bo — this is a superb point. Since I’m starting a new school from scratch (http://trianglearning.org), something I’ll discuss with my teachers (I would not presume to mandate this sort of thing, but I’d also hire teachers who I think would be on board with this) is whether we should all be taking a class online or in the evenings or somewhere so that we are modeling for students life-long learning. We’d also blog about what we’re learning in our classes, just as we’d expect our students to blog about what they’re learning in the time we spend together. Might be interesting to require students to also take a course outside of school, not connected with our school. We should all be stretched and perplexed on a regular basis 🙂
Here’s a fun wrinkle — should parents also at some point during the year demonstrate (and blog about — that is, make transparent) what they’re learning?