This article by Catlin Tucker discusses the mistake of trying to control students and maintain a teacher-centered environment. A student-centered teacher does not view an off task or disengaged student as a student problem, they view such a situation as a teacher problem because they, as a teacher, are not creating an environment that engages the student.
- We, as teachers and as adults hate being managed and controlled. It demotivates us. Our students are exactly the same. Our role is to motivate, not manage.
- Encourage autonomy and allow students to make key decisions about their learning.
- Provide positive feedback designed to support instead of control.
- Put yourself in your students’ shoes and attempt to see things from their point of view.
Page 1 of PYP Principles into Practice: The Learner says when students’ have agency, the relationship between the teacher and students becomes a partnership. We are partners in learning with our students, giving them voice, choice and ownership over their learning, guiding and questioning them when absolutely necessary.