I have been amazed how much my work on my goal has aligned with C6, particularly when it comes to being a co-learner in the classroom. I learn so much from my students everyday, but do they know that? Do they feel like they are my partners in our learning journey? To be honest I just don’t know.
I am currently in two co-teaching relationships where I am the teacher that comes to their classroom. While I consider the students I work with to be my students, in reality they are the homeroom teachers. I like to think of the homeroom teacher as the parents and I’m the aunt. Family, but not the final say.
I may not be able to do everything I want too, but what I can focus on is me and my language. There are some ways I can reduce the power between myself and my students – leading towards becoming co-learners and valuing everything they bring to the class.
- Asking open-ended questions
- Using “maybe” “perhaps” “I wonder”
- Not jumping to say what is right or wrong
- Providing enough wait time
- Teach students to talk to each other, not always to me
- Try to be on the same level as students as much as possible
All of these things start to even the power and help students see themselves as capable learners who don’t need me to give them the answer. Next year I want to explore this even further. Particularly when it comes to teaching students how to dialogue with each other. As I continue to focus on my language this year I hope I will be ready to focus on creating a dialogic classroom next year. I believe strongly that my EAL students can participate and benefit from a classroom where we learn from dialogue. Where we think aloud and learn to have conversations with each other.