- Pop culture – references to sports, music, video game characters
- Metaphors, such as comparing the writer's revision process to how a gamer revises (p. 91)
- Keeping charts and other tools fresh by moving them to high traffic areas or simply taking them down when they are no longer being used independently by students
- Soliciting student feedback as to the usefulness or placement of the tools
- Co-creating teaching tools, as a class, in a small group or one-on-one with students
I have been dismayed to realize that despite my self-image as a teacher with a learner centered classroom, I am far from truly achieving that goal.
I have been listening carefully to myself lately, and I don't like what I hear myself saying to the kids. Instead of empowering my students to take ownership of their learning, I am still the director on the stage. I still ask leading questions rather than ones that push the learner to figure things out for herself. I realize I often spoon feed my students hopeful that they will give me the answer I'm looking for. An answer that will make my job easier. Answers that will fit with what I expect students to say despite the fact that 30 years in education has taught me nothing if not that students are unpredictable, and if we prepare for anything, that is what we should be prepared for.
An anecdote. The other day I was talking with a student about the fact that she was abandoning more books than she was finishing. I was as…