The game begins.

I sit here and I listen to the small talking that is going on, I hear the tapping of keys on the computer as everyone is typing and writing about their first time here in Bread Loaf.

The energy that I feel in this room right now is very energetic and full of life. The adults say that we the youth are the ones that are going to teach them and that they will “We will shut up” and that sounds good to me. That is something that the youth and I myself need to happen, not just having the adults just lecturing us on what we should do. I believe that youth like us should have a voice.

The youth should be allowed to have a voice and NLGN is giving us the opportunity to have that voice.

The pieces are in motion, the game has started.

Dewight Leupp

6 Responses to “The game begins.

  • Tom McKenna
    4 years ago

    Dear Dewight,

    Teaching is challenging. Most of us entered the profession because we love kids and love some field of learning. Early in the process (and sometimes later in the process!) of learning to teach, teachers often struggle with designing structures and routines to get young people to be interested, to try their hardest, to stretch, and, ultimately stretch to do what they might not have thought they were capable of.

    Silence (shutting up) –like Rex gave us a healing dose of this morning– sometimes creates openings for chaotic, off-task behaviors when young people are not engaged. Also, many teachers are extroverts and many in education often feel pressure to manage students through quick pacing, lots of redirection, etc.

    So, what would be your advice to teachers (including your college professors) in finding that balance between sharing their expertise, and stepping back / being quiet enough to allow students to generate that energy you mention in your post?

    Thanks for thinking out loud. It’s a great contribution to our community.

  • Tangee Allen
    4 years ago

    You’re right. It time to make donuts!!! I cant wait to see the “good trouble” that you and your site members will make over the course of the year.

  • I disagree. Yes, it is true that opening up the floor for complete self direction can evoke chaos. However, we are not an regular group of students, as we are repeatedly told. ‘Democratic Pedagogy’ would more or so help this group achieve more while we are together.

    • Tom McKenna
      4 years ago

      Hey Robbie. I agree with your disagreement here! What I was trying to do is represent what some teachers fear. I know there is a better way, as do many teachers. And I absolutely believe intros drop as achievers and path-builders in Democratic Pedagogy. So keep speaking up and asking for clarification or presenting opposing viewpoints, please!

  • Dewight,

    This is an amazing analogy! Its interesting to think of it this way because of how strategic and complicated the approach of all of our different topics can get.

  • Ceci Lewis
    4 years ago

    Yes, I believe the pieces are in the motion and the game has begun. I also know that I find it incredibly difficult to keep my mouth shut. Haha! You already know that about me. Please remind me.
    I look forward to finding out what you want to do and will do with this precious network you have become a part of on this mountain.

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