If you had to choose five words to describe your class, what would they be? -Dave Burgess
I respect the learners in my classroom for who they are. I get to know them, meet them where they are, and show them how to improve. Respectful tasks, honest feedback, and reflection will be a part of each day. Everyone will have a voice in the classroom.
Everyone is in charge of their learning. When I give the ownership of learning to the students, they exceed my expectations. I have to set the stage for learning, and let them go! Students must learn to make decisions, even if it means making a few poor ones (opportunities to learn) along the way. I will model learning, but not dictate the process.
We will express our passions this year through genius hour. I am passionate about Spanish and student centered learning. I will help my students find their passion, look at it through the lens of Spanish, and then figure out how their passion can change the world.
As Starr Sackstein wrote in her blog, we must manifest positivity. There is too much negativity in our world, especially concerning schools and education. I will be a positive influence everyday for my students. I will show them what happens when your life’s work is not just a job, but a passionate profession. Enthusiasm is contagious, and I am ready to share it.
My students must know that we share the experience. We are all learners, traveling together. I like to see it as a messy trip with lots of stops, and frequent questions that lead us all to new learning. There is no guided tour with a prescribed script, just some destinations with multiple ways to arrive.
What are your five words?