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Friday, September 23, 2016

Responsibility Engenders Respect

When you give students meaningful responsibility, respect grows.

For example a student had a lot of critique of a lesson recently, and I asked him to create a list of ways to make the lesson better to help me. He did that right away and we have a meeting planned to review the list.

I honored the child's critique and he honored my interest in knowing and understanding his perspective.

The more that we can put our learners in the driver's seat of their individual and collective learning, the more respect we'll nurture.

This is an important teaching and learning perspective, one we all have to remind ourselves of as we lead and teach large groups of students every day.