This week I participated in #edchatDe, a german twitterchat for educators.
One of the questions was :
Q2: What rules and rituals have you introduced to create a positive atmosphere? #EdchatDE
— EdchatDE (@EdchatDE) 19. november 2013
And my answer was:
— snufkin (@frandevol) 19. november 2013
@frandevol’s answer gave me food for thought.
This week one of my lessons surprised me. I was introducing terms to poetry analysis; metaphors and so forth.
The lesson’s homework was a particular poem, and I had a scheduled plan, with an outline of the lesson’s conclusions ready in the back of my head, when I went into class.
Then one of the students talked passionately about another poem, and I decided to with her passion. She googled it and copied it into a shared Google Doc.
Bum. New agenda. Gamechanger. New roles.
I wasn’t mr. know-it-all anymore. The student was ahead of me as she had worked with the poem before.
I had to start analyzing from scratch with the students. I didn’t have a suggested interpretation of the text beforehand. And it was fun!
‘Motivation’ is a current topic in Denmark’s educational debate. Some say that students are demotivated by not having influence on the agenda/curriculum. School is like a predictable film rolling before their eyes.
How hard do you stick to your lesson plans and how do you leave room for spontaneity in your planning?