1. Great post George! I whole-heartedly agree with your perspective with respects to teachers and students reversing roles. Just a heads up – part of your post is covered by the Twitter/Facebook contact box and I would love to read the rest of this.

  2. I was struck by you remembering the one event from grade 3. I can relate. I don’t remember a lot of my elementary years. I remember the big project though, the ones that were meaty enough to stick with me. Those experiences are what drive me to create them in my classroom, so that someday, I’m part of a good memory like that for even one student. Education is filled so many programs and policies to “serve the teacher.” I think if more took a step back and asked the question you’ve asked “Is this serving the teacher or the learner?” more would be open to admit, somethings aren’t really learner focused at all.

  3. twitter_ktvee

    I, too, have a memory of a special project in elementary school where I got the chance to create, explore, and learn. I don’t remember any worksheets I did in all of elementary school, only the smell of that purple stuff from the copier. Nothing I learned, though. What would happen in education if we all just stopped and focused on the four points in your list? No more programs and expensive texts? Just got back to the heart of it all.. where learning is? Everyday I look around my classroom and try to create these types of memories for my kids. Knowing that I have to be careful, because the most powerful memories they create will be the ones, like in your health lesson, that they’ve designed themselves. Thanks for a great post!

  4. Hello George,
    I really loved this post. Its crazy. I’ve been hearing your name so much recently and our topics are crossing in an oddly synchronistic way. Steve Hargadon recently posted your blog about 3 Things that will NOT Transform Schools–I JUST had a conversation yesterday about the over-hyped flip movement and that BYOD is really more of a pipe dream than a strategic technology integration plan. The oddities continue. Today I’m working on my blog titled “Teach Less, Allow Student to Learn More” and educational consigliere tweeted this blog. In reading this post, we took a similar path. I started as a more “traditional” teacher–I wrote my own social studies text, and my kids scored well above state averages. Then my school became open to going 1 to 1. That began a massive transformation. Today I’m the lead learner of a student-centered, PBL-light social studies classroom. I’m really looking forward to digging into you philosophy and writings… welcome to my PLN!
    Thank You!!
    Justin Vail

  5. Nancy Ayers

    This is a great reminder to reflect on our practice in the midst of trying to follow “Core Curriculum State Standards.” I often have to step back and turn my students free to learn their way. Supporting them in learning what they want to learn and doing it in a way that works best for them is the best way to engage them. In the process, class management is a breeze. Thanks for helping us through the maze.

  6. Excellent post – I spend a lot of time in my tertiary education classes budgeting for time that is spent by the students driving the discussion, and the studets are so much more productive when they are in control.

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