Interestingly, when I’ve spoken to the students in Year 6 lately, they’ve told me that they have lots of control in the classroom. I can’t say I agree, though they may well have plenty of control compared to previous years at school. So, to give both myself and the kids in my class a better idea of who had control over the various aspects of the classroom, I decided to have a big discussion around this.
Below is the result of this discussion:
|Miss Winder controls:||Teacher and kids have joint control:||Kids have control:|
So what is the outcome of this discussion?
The students decided that they’d like a little more control now – they would like to add brain teasers to the board for their peers and they would like to suggest learning intentions for opt in meetings.
Later in the year, they’d like more control, in terms of planning, which we will do collectively like last year. But they don’t feel they are ready for this just yet and I definitely agree.
It’s very exciting to see the kids getting a better understanding of their place in the learning process. They have become quite reflective and realistic.