The Five Biggest Fears that Kept Me from Empowering Students

John Spencer, The Synapse, Jun 05, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What I like about this article isn't just that John Spencer reviews and gives a strong voice to the objections to student empowerment, but also that he doesn't gloss over them with superficial answers. Empowering students isn't that easy, he writes, and his own experience includes numerous mistakes and false starts.And not necessarily success in the end. "I realized," he writes, "that students sometimes struggled with so much student ownership. This is why I created a scope and sequence of how I would introduce additional ownership throughout the school year."
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