Over the past two days, these questions have been driving our own end of day reflections. A task that I would have guessed to take 2 - 3 hours, has spanned across two full days. As I think about how I would have taught this last year, I realise that although I provided a lot of choice, I was really the driving force - this year, we are aiming for the students to be the driving force of their own learning, deciding (with some gentle nudging) what steps they need to take to achieve the goal they set.
So back to this week - challenge - that will be my word to sum up it up. I found the balance between students driving their learning and wanting to step in a bit of a juggling act. Where do we (the professionals entrusted with their education) step in and when do we back off? What if certain students do not step up and own their learning, who drives the bus then? As a teacher, how much am I saying/ influencing/ implying throughout a given day - how much is too much, what if it is not enough? What about the things I don't say?
Yes, things take a lot longer, but hopefully the outcome will be greater ownership from the students of the process and products produced.