I teach in the sweet spot because I am fortunate to work with elementary school students. You see, they come to school EVERYDAY – curious, passionate and filled with enthusiasm. They are willing to try, make mistakes and try again.
They think they CAN doing anything and they are FEARLESS (as evidenced by the photo below – Kindergartners sharing their work with teachers from across the state of NC at the NCTIES conference.)
Why do we place limits on them?
Why do we create barriers?
Why don’t we believe in their potential?
Why do we always have to be the lead learner?
In other words, why do we stand in their way?
It always amazes me when a teacher says, “They won’t take ownership of their learning,” but won’t let go of control so they can. If we don’t give them opportunities to lead their learning today why are we surprised when they can’t or won’t do it tomorrow?
We have kindergarten students creating books in the Book Creator app and then mentoring 3rd graders on the app so they can work together and create a collaborative book. Yes, you read that right – the kindergarteners are teaching the 3rd graders! We have kindergartners through 5th graders using Google apps to build their digital portfolios. Just imagine what growth they will see in themselves after 1, 2, 5 years?
Check out some of their work from our NCTIES presentation.
We have elementary students going home and using Google apps to create, collaborate and communicate with each other – not because homework was assigned – but because they are so excited and engaged in the work they are doing! Isn’t that the dream of every educator?
Yet I am still confronted with THEY CAN’T…THEY ARE TOO YOUNG!
You see, we buried “THEY CAN’T” at our school because…
THEY CAN, THEY WILL and THEY DO!