The Five Biggest Fears that Kept Me from Empowering Students
by John Spencer
All images are taken from John's website
In this review, I will be discussing The Five Biggest Fears that Kept Me from Empowering Students by John Spencer. In this blog, John discusses his journey to empower students and the fears that hampered his journey. However, he soon discovered that his worries were only holding him back from empowering his students. He states his feeling towards the situation: "I was afraid of student ownership. However, I was more afraid of what would happen to students if they never owned their learning. So, I took the leap into the uncertainty." As a future educator, this is a topic I often think about. I desire for my students to become invested in their learning and to have ownership of it to some extent, however I am also afraid of what the students would do with this freedom. I found this blog aligned with my own concerns. His list of fears are shown below:
John then goes on to discuss the reality of each situation. Some fears were justified, others turned out to be proven false.
This article taught me the importance of allowing students to explore learning in their own ways. Granting them independence in the classroom is a scary notion to consider, but when they develop a passion for their own learning, it makes the fears worth it. John ends his blog by explaining that he made a number of mistakes while exploring this process. I believe that the final paragraph emphasizes the importance of giving students a chance to own their learning : "I watched them fall in love with learning as they chased their geeky interests and asked hard questions. I saw them embrace a maker mindset, which is why, for all mistakes I made, I am convinced of this: There is power in student ownership."