With the end of summer coming to an end (I report to my new teaching position in 16 days) I have been enjoying some morning news. Today on the Today Show, they started a new segment. In this segment, each of the anchors is sharing a talent they have with the other anchors.
Now, you may look at this as something that would be boring, but today it was Al sharing his cooking skills. It’s a little insight for us to see them in a different way, but it also is exciting for the anchors. Ann said that she wasn’t a good cook, but knew Al was, so she came to him to help her out with cooking. One of the food items they made was a pie recipe that was given to her by her mom. She knew she couldn’t do it correctly and wanted the help from someone that would know how.
This is how schools should look. Teachers do not have to be the all knowing king/queen. If a student comes to you and asks a question about something, and you know that a different student knows the answer, send the one with the question to them. You don’t always have to know the and answers. Sometimes we don’t know the answers to some questions.
It takes a big step to start sending students to others for help. First, you are putting trust in a student to help out with sharing information. You also need to know your students well so that you can send people to them for help. However, there are many great things that come from this.
For starters, once you can get students to realize that they can go to each other, it frees you up to work with students that are really struggling. It also helps keep that line that forms for help from even forming at all.
Now does this mean that you can just sit at your desk and bask in the joy of not having to teach? Heck no! This is freeing you up to walk around the room and listen in on conversations that are happening. You’re eavesdropping on them and finding out that they are talking about school work. Once they realize that they can visit about school work and help each other, that’s what happens. It’s amazing.
This also goes out into the real world. Do you as an adult have only one person that you go to for help? Of course not! So why require this in your classroom. Teach students to network with one another as well as reaching out to those outside of the school for help. We are teachers that need to be guiding students how to learn and find information on their own.
I’m only a resource, not the source. – Ginger Lewman