A few days ago, I had a welcome lesson of my own as I sat frantically marking late submitted work for a colleague in my Year 7 Connected Learning class. Not being able to ‘control’ the lesson, I wrote a list of activities on the board and explained to my kids that I’d be unable to answer any questions or look at their work.
At the end of the lesson, two girls handed me a USB stick with this video on it – their perspective on the importance of child sponsorship. Needless to say, for an hour’s work, I was fairly impressed. The whole experience taught me a lot about stepping back and giving the students control more often. How many times have I sabotaged a potential learning opportunity by thinking that my way is the best way?