Power and Purpose in the Classroom

This week, I learned a lot about power dynamics in the classroom. In a classroom discussion, we talked about power in the classroom. Some of the students in my class talked about how they think the teacher holds power in the classroom. I think that, while that may be true in some classrooms, that should not always be the case. As Dr. Brocato always says, the teacher should be the “lead learner.” The purpose of a teacher is to equip students to take control of their own learning. Students must take ownership of their own learning style and techniques. A student must learn that they are in control of their learning and that they alone can determine their destiny. The goal of a teacher is to help students realize their purpose.

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