Raise Your Hand, Answer the Question, and Keep Your Voice Down

Reflections from a 5th Grade teacher…

I know it is my responsibility to help my students become responsible. In my efforts to do so, I have come to the conclusion that to find out if a student is responsible, you have to give them responsibility… like all of it. If a student struggles with that responsibility, then you need to differentiate for her. I am going to start to investigate what that might look like-as of now, I usually take responsibiility away from all of my students, when a few show they can´t handle something (BIG mistake).

A kind word of warning (and a fantastic podcast to prove my point): the one thing you can not do is have low expectations for you students (when it comes to responsibility, reading, math..whatever)

http://www.npr.org/player/embed/379237713/381442303

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