One role adults play in children's lives is directing them toward that which they need, even if it isn't necessarily what they want.That is the kind of thing that you can say to almost anybody that is responsible for children and they will nod in agreement.
This week I had several conversations with educators who shared that something they were trying out in their classroom wasn't exactly what their students wanted to happen. With my lens in technology, you can be sure that these issues revolved around pushback from students in using tech for teaching and learning. I believe that we should take our students opinions and ideas into consideration when developing our learning environments and plans. However, my challenge to these teachers, and to all of us is to ask two simple questions:
- Why are the students pushing back on this practice?
- Are they getting something they need, even if they don't want it right now?