13 DAYS AND COUNTING!
In an effort to be more student centered, I decided to see how long I could go without speaking to the whole class at once. Instead, I posted all instructions and spent my time coming alongside individuals and interacting with groups of students. So far the results have been incredibly positive and there have been many revelations along the way.
So far I have found that…
When I’m not talking, students have time to talk to me.
I can’t tell you how many meaningful conversations I have had this year so far that were initiated by students. One student wanted to discuss early Stephen King with me. Another wanted to know about my creative writing class–others the young authors faire coming up in the second semester.
I believe that if I was doing a whole class activity or lecture, these conversations wouldn’t have happened. Or if they did, they would have happened in a situation where the rest of the class may have been forced to hear it. I can’t tell you how many times during a meeting that I have been annoyed by someone asking a question that is totally off base or only applies to themselves personally. The entire meeting is put on hold while we hear an extended explanation regarding something totally inapplicable to our lives and situation. Yet, I used to do this to my students ALL THE TIME.
When I circulate, students feel comfortable enough to share with me, ask me for feedback or just tell me something about their weekend.