Too often, we position teachers in ways that divide them from their students. Teachers are the adults; students are the children. When I work with schools, one of the first things I encourage them to do is to establish a Learning Council, a group of students and teachers who meet a couple times a month to discuss and brainstorm innovative learning and teaching practices. I also encourage teachers to ask small groups of students for ideas on how to improve their own teaching. Students are often expert on what great teaching feels like. We should inquire. If you need more convincing, watch this TED talk by a child prodigy who makes a mighty case for embracing “childish” thinking in our work and lives. With childishness comes imagination, possibility, and energy. All the hallmarks of a great classroom.
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