Resources for Educators
Once in a while there comes a defining moment when due to the statement, idea or question of a student the class ignites, comes alive and vigorously pursues the idea. This is not the time to continue with your agenda or to regain control. Instead seize the moment to encourage and allow the class to create. By stepping aside, you signal your acceptance of their process and give permission for this magical and exhilarating time to happen, and perhaps occur again!
|Let go||Dominate or control the discussion|
|Allow the students to set the agenda||Use their enthusiasm to re-set your agenda|
|Let the students direct the conversation||Interject your ideas|
|Participate as a learner||Be a teacher during this time|
|Demonstrate enthusiasm for their ideas||Demonstrate negativity|
|Enhance and extend the peak environment||Stifle the energy of creative thought|