Someone on Twitter this evening seemed surprised and confused by some statements I made re: students, classrooms, and teaching.
Teachers seem to think that saying that they are members of a shared learning community with their students makes all right and good with the world. And yet, it doesn’t.
Without question, I learn from my students; they teach me things. Every. single. day.
On the other hand, I create experiences that promote learning for my students. And my classroom is the way it is – culture, climate, arrangement, activities, and the rest – in order to accomplish this end.
I mean, if I am not in the classroom for my students, who else am I there for? Who else is there?
She then remarked, “It (your classroom) would be different?
I finally tweeted to her the following:
Of course. Think about it. If you were to create your ideal learning space, for you, wouldn’t it be different?