and student-driven conversations are increasingly popular in schools, it is rare for
adults to actually turn classroom control over to students, or to
share that control equally with students.
following simple activity.
- Using a normal sheet of paper, write a large
upper-case “T” that covers the entire page. On the left side, brainstorm all of
the advantages you can think of to engaging students as classroom teachers. On
the right, list all of the problems you envision.
- Then, use the first list to
answer questions inherent in the second: If the left side listed “Student
energy” as a plus, and the right side included “Student disregard for peer
teachers” as a challenge, brainstorm how student energy can answer the
- Do that for each issue on the right, and then begin planning how to
engage youth as educators.