It is very interesting when talking to teachers how they view their classes and students. It is very telling how they perceive themselves within the classroom and how they think students should learn. The words “MY” and “THE” tell the real story!
My class, my choir, my band, Oh MY!
This teacher views themselves as a “sage,” where all information comes and they direct the class instruction. The teacher is responsible for the projects and the direction of the class is to take. They are the know-all, see-all and creator of materials.
Just a few words
The class, the ensemble, the project
This is an educator that views instruction WITH the student FOR the student. They may be a teacher or a facilitator. They see education as a group effort, learning from each other on a equal basis. The curriculum takes a giant leap ahead when the students take an active role in creating. The ownership is with everyone that is in the class. The learning is during the class time and after hours, since both the student and teacher are responsible for learning and teaching. Yes, the teacher is involved, but the students take a more integrated role in creating activities and projects that others can learn from.
Now What Do We Do?
In order to move education forward and have individual learning take place the “MY” must be gone, instead we need “THE.” The problem is that teachers were taught “MY” way and continue to teach the way they were taught. But having this discussion is the first step. The second step is letting go, by letting “THE” students be engaged and letting “the” creative process be the direction, not “MY” facts about the subject.