A discussion with Elizabeth tonight reminded me that I need to try to provide more constructive criticism when I’m marking students’ work. I have to work harder to find good things in poor work.
“Oh, Buddha, give me the insight to find something nice in this dung pile,” I should pray….
One other thing: this week, Elizabeth sat at the back of the class for most of the lesson. It’s a great way to shift some of the power in the classroom away from the teacher and to spread it around the room. I’m all in for trying different power dynamics as I’m a big believer of “our classroom, not my classroom.”
I’ve got to try this with my advertising students. They’d probably freak out. And that alone is a good reason to do it.