Is your classroom student-led or teacher-led?
If you look around your room, is it setup for you to be the Queen or King of your classroom. Do you make all of the decisions for your class?
Paul Solarz's book Learn Like a Pirate gives practical ideas and thoughts on how to begin to build a student-led classroom.
Paul starts out his school year letting students know we're not just a class; we're a crew! We're in this together. The goal for his students is to learn how to work as a member of a team who supports and helps one another.
He believes that collaboration s the cornerstone of a student-led classroom. Collaboration involves thinking about other people's ideas and synthesizing them with their own. True collaboration causes students to think differently. Paul empowers his students to be active leaders not passive followers.
How does he do this? He provides learning opportunities for students to practice the necessary skills until they become habits.
Learn how to empower your students.....read this book...it's a great read.