Self-Run Classroom

I have a vision of a self-run classroom: students walking in, going straight to their station, and beginning to work.

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I would love to have a classroom that is practically run by itself. That would mean the kids are in charge of their own learning and they are doing all the work. One of the questions we must answer when we are writing lessons here at Terrace is "Who is doing all the work?" For me, the answer is always, "the teacher." I struggle "letting go" of my classroom; it's safe to take control of everything. Safe, not easy. I find myself stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Why? Because I'm doing it all! The kids are the ones that should be going home tired! Tired from thinking and working and learning all day! 

So my vision: stations all around my classroom; kids doing projects, practicing skills, discovering, participating in small groups, etc. I want my kids to feel independent - I don't want them to feel they need me. They need to be problem-solvers! 

I would also love to incorporate more technology into these stations. There are so many great resources out there that kids should be exposed to. Especially in this day and age. (For example, we used Padlet last week and am longing to use it more in my students!) 

I was inspired by Dr. Muri's visit to our campus last spring. He described a classroom much like that one I'm envisioning - kids learning in stations. Since his visit, I've been thinking about changing my style of teaching so that my kids have the optimum learning experience. I just don't know where to start! 

I also got inspired by a teacher I follow on Twitter. She likes to posts about her classroom and I always see her kids engaged in creative activities. Technology is somehow always involved and in ways I never would have thought of!

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Great idea! 
And perfect timing I think for implementing as you have had a semester to establish routines, build trust, and get to know your kids. 
I am excited to work with you on the what do you need to make this happen and how will you know its making a difference!
So excited for you and this next step!!

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