Sticking to Democracy Is Hard
5 weeks ago
Prototypes, observations, inspiration, and ramblings on all matters related to Equity-focused School Improvement.
I saw this great tweet just yesterday when following the #whatisschool Twitter chat. While I love what this teacher is doing with these children, it struck a chord with me because I want to see more of this kind of innovative pedagogical thinking in high-impact schools with students who are perceived as being on the wrong end of the "Achievement Gap." In that short video, I see (and feel) an investment from the students in the learning of Spanish that must have been profoundly facilitated by a teacher unwilling to allow any scripted pathway to learning to interfere with his interpretation and application of pedagogy that he believes will allow his students to take greater ownership of their learning. This is just good teaching! And I'm comfortable calling it good teaching because it feels apparent to me that these students have a more meaningful opportunity to fulfill their own personal potential in this learning experience than in more traditional methods that I have too often seen (over-)emphasized in schools where their students are implicitly perceived as less capable and less invested.@EducatorsRoom Spanish teacher abandon traditional textbook and build lessons based on student needs & assessment. pic.twitter.com/LUnSqdFQzM— Dee Priester (@dpriester) May 6, 2016