I was so excited to read this wonderful post by an amazing colleague of mine. In it, she writes about a lesson in shifting the burden of higher level questioning off the teacher and onto the children.
It immediately reminded me of my early year goals, which seem to have fallen by the wayside as cold, hard reality has intervened. I planned to make my classroom more student-centered, yet, somehow, I can’t help but think I am doing a poor job. I hear my voice reverberating through the classroom much more than I hear my students’ excitement. I am having a tough time breaking them out of their shells. I am, in many ways, feeling like a bit of a fraud for blogging one thing and practicing another.
Now, having read the post referenced above, I have a tangible idea to bring to my room to stoke the fires of wonder in my students’ brains. I already have thoughts as to how it might look in my room. If it works, I can see my students taking ownership of their questioning and learning, instead of sheepishly looking toward me for approval of their ideas or thoughts.
A blog from a colleague makes me think…and in turn, maybe gives my students license to do the same.