(I’m republishing posts on my My All-Time Favorite Posts list. This one appeared in 2019. You can see them all here.)

 

 

I saw this tweet about a workshop being led by Tricia Ebarvia and Christie Nold:

You can see their entire presentation here.

And it prompted me to tweet this:

It received a number of responses, including this question:

I sent out a couple of quick tweets in response:

If you look up the definition of “empower” in most dictionaries, it will say something like this:

give (someone) the authority or power to do something.

Again, I don’t believe you can “give” power to anyone, just as you can’t “give” agency to students or motivate them.

However, as I said in the tweet (and which I borrow and modify from Sir Ken Robinson), we can create conditions in which they can grow and flourish.

What are actions you take to create conditions for students to gain and exercise power in your classroom?

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ADDENDUM: See Guest Post: Ways To Create A Student-Driven Class