Kids teaching other kids? Whatever next?!

We’re so used to doing it the ‘traditional’ way - teachers standing at the front of the room, kids all sitting facing the teacher, hanging on their every word, speaking only occasionally and only when their hands are raised, one at a time (unless

of course they’re an unruly bunch!).

Even in our adult lives we experience the same ‘normal’ set up - Ted Talks, meetings, lectures, presentations.

I get it, someone needs to be ‘in charge’, the ‘leader’ if you will and I’m totally with you on that. What I’m throwing out there though, is the concept of ‘mixing it up’. There’s no rule book anywhere that says the only way to make sure kids learn everything they need to know is if someone stands at the front of them, talking at them hour upon hour, day after day, month after month, year after year. I also appreciate there’s experiments and activities thrown in there for good measure too.

However, the majority of the time, the teacher holds court and I’m curious to explore what that kind of approach might be teaching our kids, here’s a few things that come to mind:

  1. That kids’ voices/opinions don’t count

  2. That kids’ voices/opinions don’t matter

  3. That only adults have all the answers