Recent student reflections on teaching and learning.

From Laurel:
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

From Emily:
I am not going to let the fear of failure keep me from learning. I will take those risks and reach far and wide to learn all I can. To reach exponential growth, I am going to have faith that I can challenge myself to seek knowledge and skills to get there.

From MacKenzie:
This got me thinking a lot about the whole learner/teacher idea in the Gong book. When you think of teaching as a push and pull; both learning and teaching on both the student and the teacher’s part, it becomes less of a job and more of an experience. These are kids with lives and experiences of their own, and you are learning about them at the same time as they are learning about themselves. When you put all the superfluous stuff aside and think deeply about how what you are doing affects a human being– it becomes deeper, more important, and more significant.

From David:
The key is to never corner yourself and be unprepared to make the best use of your teaching time and not over kill a topic. Always have a backup plan and then continue to be flexible and adaptable in your lesson plan and be ready to come up with new ideas on the spot.

And you must read this story by Grace (and not just because she uses my name).

Oh, and here is a nice summary of Walter Gong’s stuff on exponential learning by Lizzy.