In fact there were no surprises, since I expected the class to be like that. The teacher as usual wasthe one who led the whole class. There was no extra participation of the students, they onlyparticipated when they were asked to. The teacher directed everything and the students listened to her and did what she said.
It’s a way of respecting students’ opinion and to take into account their opinions since they are theprotagonist of the learning show.When students choose where they want to sit, they choose who they are going to share the classwith. ----They choose the classmate who with they feel more comfortable, or the one who knows themost . I think that it’s correct to allowed them to sit where they want (taking into account that theybehave well where they sit) since we can’t make them sit down where we want.-When they write on the bb they feel important and are more careful about mistakes. To students islike assuming the responsibility that the teachers usually have, stand in front of the bb, copy andlead the class-Giving them the power to choose their own homework is possible whenever the teacher can be surethat students’ choice is the most appropriate for an effective learning.
I believe that if students had the opportunity to explore issues of their own choices the woulddefinitely profit from choosing, according to their own opinion, the most interesting language area.As regards students giving their own explanations, I find it a bit difficult since it will depend oneach student and so as each student is different, it will also depend on their personalities since a shystudent will react different from a extroverted one (if we happen to have students who dare toparticipate in class and explain something to their classmates). The language used in the classroom also has an important role. If the student can’t make himself understood his classmates will probably find it difficult to get what he means. That’s why the teachershould be there to help in case any problem could take place.
A 'shift of power' is not usually present in today’s classrooms. Generally, teachers are the oneswho impose the rules in the class. Thinking about the idea of having students leading the class andnot the teacher herself would be talking about a big change in education. I suppose that it would bea big challenge since students are definitely not used to assume such power. The main disadvantageof this is that both students and teachers would feel completely uncomfortable assuming roles theyhave never assumed before
I suppose that teachers might be afraid of decisions and responsibilities to students. We (teachers)sometimes think that giving our students the possibility to decide upon certain things is like givingthem completely freedom to do whatever they want. It’s running the risk of losing absolutely controlof the class and of the students
I think that the one of the most serious risks would be to forget about the main aim of the lesson.It’s difficult to get hold of the main purpose of the lesson after having lost the control of it.When we follow the procedures of our lesson we do it doing things step by step, but what happenswhen we skip one, or two steps? We can’t control the class and we get out of our initial track. Thesame happens when a car loses control, it changes its destination and doesn’t know where it will endup
I think that then best way to prevent problems that might crop up due to lack of experience inholding decision (on the part of the students) would be to train them, to get them ready to be able toface decisions and responsibilities in the class. Of course, in this case is the teacher the one who hasto work with them and also show them and make them feel how much she trusts on them!
Deller (1990:1) writes: 'Our unsung trainers are our learners. They arethe really powerful influence in our "on the job" development.'How do you think teaching will learner-generated material might be asource of development for the teacher?
These kind of material is very useful for a teacher since it’s the most effective way to learn about ourstudents’ likes and dislikes, their interests, etc