Today we explored a daily newsletter posted and curated by Ontario educator Doug Peterson. While checking out the newsletter archive, I came across an article entitled "The more innovative I have become, the less classroom management I have to deal with".
Essentially, the article is about giving students agency and control in their learning environment and on their learning journey. The argument is that it builds the student-teacher relationship, allows for diversity in the classroom to thrive, and creates students that are more engaged, focused, and excited about their work. The part of the article that caught my eye the most was the quote by Alexander Den Heijer : "When a flower doesn't bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower". That is so true! By adapting the classroom and our teaching practices, creating flexibility in the learning process, and honouring student voice, we can create strong, positive, and effective learning environments for all of our students. And if classroom management is positively affected by these changes, even better!
Until next time!