We all know that face.... The face of a student who is so bored out of their minds that they could fall asleep during a class, and I don't blame them. Too many teachers today focus on their lectures and string lesson plans with no regard for the engagement of the student. And what is worse, is when students have a thought provoking question that could lead to some actually discussion, and what is the teachers response? "You will learn about that next year". Are teachers today that afraid to take risks and answer a question that engages the classroom simply because it fits a more advanced lesson?
If teachers are too afraid to follow their own passion for what they are teaching and answer a question, then how can we expect students to follow their own passions and ask questions. If it is strong enough, passion is the only drive and motivation we need to excel.
So what can we do!!??
So what can we do!!??
What a great question to ask! We can change the way we teach by looking at The Margins. The margins are a place where the two worlds of knowledge and creativity flourish into one. Where teachers ask thought provoking questions that challenge students to come up with their own answers and find more questions to be answered. A chemistry teacher could lecture on about the strength of acids, or ask the question: What happens to an old dirty penny soaked in acid? The students are then able to formulate their own hypothesis and then use active science experiments to determine the answer. Then when a student has a question that leads to discussion, it is not something that needs to be pushed off until next year.
Robot B-9 is right, there is some danger in this teaching method. What if you don't have time to finish your lesson? What if after hours on a question a few students still don't understand? These are good points B-9; in order to do this you must turn over your control on the flow of the lesson. This brings students and teachers together asking and answering questions, sparking interests, and allows learning to occur in the bringing together of thought and action. Yes students need structure and guidance, but they must be allowed to find their own conclusions with this guidance and not just be told to wait until next year.