Learn Like a Pirate {Common Concerns about Student-Led Classrooms}

I love the idea of a student-led classroom but I do have my concerns.  First, I’ll admit that I am a total control freak.  Can I release that power to my kids?  I feel that I can but it will take a little learning on both their end and my own. This chapter took the time to address common concerns about a student-led classroom.  While I appreciate the clarification and confidence boost, I loved reading the benefits even more!  Solarz believes that having a student-led classroom leads to increased retention due to an increase in student engagement. Solarz points out…

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Learn Like a Pirate {What is a Student-Led Classom?}

What does your classroom sound like during a typical lesson?  Are you leading the lesson or activity?  Do your students discuss and have conversations with one another?  Are there choices for students?  Reading the first two paragraphs of this chapter made me 100% jealous, I’ll admit.  In my classroom, we often have discussions and work together in student-led groups.  However, we also have times where we are doing teacher-directed worksheets or lectures. I like to think of myself as the “forward-thinking educator” that Paul Solarz describes in this chapter.  I am seeking out this book to change what happens in…

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