Another elegant solution that seems to knit together disparate principles of philosophies of instruction into one is the simple phrase, “You be the teacher.”
Whenever I spring this instruction on students their eyes light. All of a sudden, the space between us is energized with potential. Sometimes students will look to the side to their parents, almost like they are seeking permission to take on the responsibility just bestowed.
Indeed, being a teacher is being responsible. Being a teacher implies taking responsibility for someone or something– so it isn’t so surprising that a child’s eyes would widen at the suggestion.
When I say, “You be the teacher,” I direct the student’s attention to either their parent, their own playing, or me. Each has its benefits. [Read more…]