Are you listening to your students?
Posted April 2, 2015on:
It is important to listen to what our learners have to say. Unfortunately, for some teachers this is rhetoric and they pay lip service to that statement.
Fortunately, some students take matters into their own hands and create messages for all to hear.
The latest one was This Is Genius.
It might have been inspired by another one in 2013 from across the pond.
The next video is not a spoken word performance like the first two, but it is no less important.
The girl probably had help writing the speech. There is nothing wrong with that since political leaders have speech writers.
The girl’s ideas were not entirely new or uniquely her own. There is nothing wrong with that since all of us reuse and recycle the work of others all the time.
The girl had the confidence and courage to stand up for a cause. There is something wrong with us if we judge that cynically or lack the same courage to do the same.
The girl was barely taller than the lectern she stood behind. But she had a view that few adults had. Are we listening to her? Are we listening to our students?