Friday, July 24, 2009

Break All the Rules Sometimes...Let Students Take Risks!

Think about how you feel when you're watching this video and take a professional development lesson from it:

Go ahead! Throw out some boring traditional instruction in favor of creating learning environments and lessons that truly inspire and innovate. Encourage kids to let their hair down once in a while. They'll actually learn and enjoy themselves while doing it.

Don't let kids get obsessed with just getting the "correct answer". Learning happens when kids feel comfortable enough to take risks!


  1. Your point is well stated but these were adults not young students.These folks most likely rehearsed most of their steps/moves to come up with this dancing entrance. So this idea of spur of the moment is kind moot. The fact that they doing it differently however that it truely was. They all seemed to have fun in the process. That is what I think you are alluding to.

  2. Thanks, Anonymous. Good point that this video was rehearsed.

    In my post, I wasn't really talking about doing things at the spur of the moment. Since I used phrases like "go ahead" and "throw out", I understand why you interpreted it that way, though.

    You're right that I was referring to willingness to do things differently. That can be planned or unplanned.

    That being said, I do believe there are times when we must be flexible and do things spur of the moment. If a child presents us with a teachable moment, and we don't take that opportunity because we're afraid to break from our rehearsed plan, that would be a shame.

    I believe good teaching (and parenting) is lots of planning balanced with good spontaneous decisions at times.