I am so intrigued by the idea of our instruction and classroom operation being like a game of soccer. When it really counts, when students are showing what they can really do with what we’ve taught them, there are no time-outs. It is no longer a drill, and it no longer looks exactly like the examples we’ve been through, but the students have got to be able to use what they’ve learned and mold it and apply it to a new setting. In his blog post, Grant Wiggins states, “if you tape your own classes you will find that you are providing endless advice on how to do things and more often than not co-opting the development of judgement.” This was like a light bulb to me. If I’m helping to determine how students should judge and perceive the problem I set in front of them, then they are likely to tackle other problems the exact same way, when really, I should not be giving them advice on how to solve the problem, but rather teaching them the skills necessary to make a sound judgment initially, one that is of their own thinking and not of mine. This will go much farther than their current skills being confined to one setting.
From the webinar we watched, I am especially interested in the idea of “building teachers” for today’s classroom environment. Teachers certainly have quite a different role in the classroom and they did 20 years ago. Students are now able to “Google” the information they need instead of solely relying on the teacher. One of the speakers in the webinar asks the question, “What are the knowledge skills and dispositions–if we focus on just the teachers–what do the teachers have to have, and how do we build that?” This goes back to equipping teachers in a different way than before; it goes back to equipping teachers to “let go.”