“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin
As educators, it is easy for us to fall back on many of the same practices that were used in school nearly three decades ago. We easily shift into the roll of being the source of information versus that of being a resource. We easily reflect on our own experiences, knowledge, and perspectives without providing the same opportunity for students to do the same. This being said, how then do we expect students to feel engaged and open to creative opportunities if we are focusing on us being the lead in the learning process and not our students? It in reality, we cannot.
It is time that we shift from being a source of information to a resource of information. Boundless amounts of information are available at the finger tips of students thanks to technology at any given moment. They can learn about the speed of a rocket or an odd bug in the Amazon with little support. What we need to do is “[develop] kids who are learners instead of trying to make sure they’re ‘learned’” based on the learning opportunities created on any given day of teaching. (Richardson, p. 14). We need to create a classroom environment that sparks creativity and interest in learning. We need to promote inquiry and questioning of content. In essence, we need to focus on integrating students into the learning process.
It is not our voices that need to be predominantly heard in the classroom, it is that our students. We need to begin to focus on their strengths, perspectives, identities, and most of all, their creative views.
How do you promote a stage for learners to shine and excel with you as a facilitator of learning?
Richardson, W. (2013). Students first, not stuff. Educational Leadership, 70(6), 10-14.