Repost: Friday Photo: Are We Allowing Genius?

Jun 13, 2014 by

This Allowing Genius Friday Photo was the most popular Friday Photo this year.  I urge you to take a look at the image below and think about your students.  Are you allowing genius?  Academic Democracy?  Creativity?  This is a perfect reason to Stay Crazy in the Classroom!

Are we shaping brains with facts or skills?  Are we forming them into circles, squares… triangles?  Should we try to shape brains and thoughts or should we allow a student to find their own passion, voice, mind while we encourage them and model our own independence, creativity, and freedom to learn in the process?   These are some of the thoughts that went through my head when I saw the picture below… (Another is how much I hate that the chairs are in straight rows.)

Teacher shaping student thought bubble

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  1. Dr. Zach,
    Happy monday!!! thanks for sharing this… this is an eye opener to all teachers. 🙂

  2. Facts and skills, let them decide where their passion is and we just facilitate!

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