We were reviewing today. We spent 15 minutes brainstorming for topics we’ve studied this year. Students called topics out and I wrote them on the board.
Wouldn’t it have been clever to have a student write them on the board? I mean, why not? Three students could have done five minutes each, or something. I could have participated in the discussion just as much, but I would have imparted some power (and the complementary responsibility) to students so easily.
Once you start thinking about ways to give students more power/responsibility, you see them everywhere. What have you done to change the balance of power in your classroom – either towards the students or towards the teacher?