I have always been the type of teacher who is relaxed and easy going and never even considered what it would be like to not let children in my class take leadership roles or even lead a discussion.
Over the past few years I have been in several classrooms where this is not the case and it has always baffled me – why on Earth are some teachers so scared to let go and let their children take over ….
As a result of these recently I tried this in my classroom …. FAIL!!!
I was controlling and demanding and told the children what had to happen and gave them everything they needed (i.e. told them how to learn and told them everything – giving them no opportunity to find out). They did not know what had struck them – “Mr K’s gone crazy” one girl said to her friend at lunchtime – I had to laugh because I felt like I was mad too. The children all of a sudden had shut up shop. The children who were always creative and thought outside the box had stopped sharing and the children who were always willing to share their opinion or give feedback did not bother to even put their hands up.
I really do have high expectations of my children and I am relaxed compared to other teachers but that is my style and nothing that anyone can tell me will change that – as a teacher it is so important to have your own style. I feel that my style helps children in my class relate to me and feel comfortable around me quickly and as a result I get fantastic things out of the children in my classroom. This is not an opportunity for me to talk about myself just reflect on my style as a teacher.
Why in our school’s are there still teachers that are this controlling? Surely people can see that letting go is OK …. Why are teacher’s afraid to let go and give children the opportunity to take over and take ownership of their learning.
This was more of a discussion starter than a blog post I guess but I am very interested to hear other people’s ideas around this topic and to hear some success stories where teachers have “seen the light” …
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts soon 🙂