We often hear of the expectations that schools have of students, but we rarely get a chance to hear about the expectations that students have of schools. These get less attention, but are essential to keeping students engaged and in school.
In order for schools and teachers to be able to place students at the centre of their own learning, they need to be prepared to ask themselves some tough questions.
These may include:
Do I know about my students’ individual interests and talents?
Do I help my students understand how learning contributes to our community and the world?
Do my students have opportunities to tinker and make guesses?
Do my students have real choices about what, when and how to learn and demonstrate their abilities?