If I could give new teachers just one piece of advice, it would be this:
Let the kids drive.
Yes, you’re the one with the degree in education. Yes, you’re the one who knows the Common Core standards. Yes, you’re the one who’s seen the blueprint for the flavor-of-the-week standardized test. But your kids are the ones who know themselves, and that might be more important. Trust them. Seize the teachable moments, and let the kids drive — the lesson, the unit, even the curriculum if necessary.
Here’s what that looks like in practice: Continue reading “Chapter 14: Let the Kids Drive”