Making People More of What They Already Are

“That lesson is that things are most compelling when they are allowed to be exactly what they are.”

As are people.

One of the most difficult messages to communicate to my students this term has been that they are the most important person, that they are in control, that they are the adult in the room, that each one of them, as they are, are at the center of the class.

The students seems to expect magic, yet many do not realize that they are the magicians. I’m just there to assist, pushing at the right time for them, handing them the sized hat, applauding when the rabbit hops out. Or maybe it’s a dove, if they prefer birds.

I teach at my best the more I get to know my students as they are, and who they are. I’m so skeptical of education that trends away from this.

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