One of the hardest, yet best things a teacher can do. Let go….

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Over the past month, I have spoken to many teachers at our school about the notion of letting go. What I’ve come to realise is that the hardest part of letting go is realising that you both needandwant to let go!

My 10 tips for letting go (in no particular order):

  1. Spend time thinking about a provocation that connects to the students’ core, rather than spending time planning a great lesson.  See how the thinking unfolds.  This does not mean letting the students learn about whatever they want, but rather encouraging them to explore their own paths, sometimes getting lost along the way and occasionally meeting a dead end.  The teacher’s role is to guide students’ learning in the direction of the big idea – not to plan their exact route to this destination.
  2. Listento students’ conversations with each other rather than their conversations only with…

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