Can you teach more than you know?
Last year teaching 3rd grade I had a technology teacher come into my classroom and help my students set up their Google drive accounts. The teacher also showed my class how to create and share a folder. As the tech teacher left the room my students were so excited to use Google drive. I thought to myself…I will have to take some time this week to research how my students could use Google drive in the classroom. A few days later one of my students came up to me and asked if he could show me the Google slideshow he had created. My student had created a Google slides project about his summer salmon fishing trip. I was amazed! After my student showed me his slideshow I was convinced I needed to have the rest of the class create slideshows. That student became the teacher for our class. If students had a question, he would assist the class, it was great! As the rest of the class created their projects they naturally helped each other. As a teacher it was a heart-warming experience. As stated by Hlubinka, M., et al. (2013), “Delegate some of your responsibilities to advanced students and adult volunteers (p.18).” As teachers we don’t have time to explore and learn everything about every thing. Allowing or students to share in learning opens up the world of learning for everyone, teachers and students. In the online article, Three Trends that Define the Future of Teaching and Learning, Tina Barseghian writes about the changing trends in education and what it means for students, educators, and schools. According to Barseghian (2011), Teachers’ and students’ relationships are changing, as they learn from each other. Teachers’ roles are shifting from owners of information to facilitators and guides to learning.”
Creating a classroom makerspace is an opportunity to give students ownership of their own learning as they explore their own passions.
Martinez & Stager (2013)
Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
School makerspaces encourage students to become teachers and share their knowledge with others. In chapter 5 of the Makerspace Playbook the authors share ways that the teacher’s role can shift becoming a coach, researcher, or project manager and the students’ role becomes that of a mentor in the classroom. As stated by Hlubinka, M., et al. (2013), “Nobody who uses the space needs to be an expert, not even the teacher. The most important thing is to have a passion for and a curiosity about making in many different forms (p.17).” So to answer this week’s essential question I would say, “yes”. Students can and should be encouraged learn more than what a their teacher knows.
Barseghian, T. (2011, February 5). Three trends that define the future of teaching and learning. Retrieved July 7, 2015, from http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2011/02/05/three-trends-that-define-the-future-of-teaching-and-learning/
Explee TM. (2014, July 13). What is a makerspace? [Video]. Retrieved July, 7 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLEJLOB6fDw
Hlubinka, M., Dougherty, D., Thomas, P., Chang, S., Hoefer, S., Alexander, I., & McGuire, D. (2013). Makerspace playbook: school edition. Retrieved July 7, 2015, from http://makered.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Makerspace-Playbook-Feb-2013.pdf
Martinez, S., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.