The best days at school are the days where I sit back and let my students create. Since I teach history I allow my students do things like take a position on a historical event and then create propaganda showing their opinion (posters, newspaper article, poem, song, etc.) or create a comic strip showing how life today would be different if one historical event we are studying did not happen. It is on these days, and during these lessons, that I get to see my students think and ponder my content area. They come up with their own questions and I encourage them to seek out their own answers. As teachers we need to pass along our knowledge but we also need to make sure that we are allowing students to become creative and critical thinkers. Blank paper gives our students this ability.
Check out the link below to a post on The Educator Collaborative blog about the need for more blank paper in our classrooms.
I was recently asked to write a post for The Educator Collaborative blog, and I decided to focus on a concept I’ve felt strongly about, but was never able to articulate, until I read this fantastic post by author-educator (and part-time ninja) Tracy Zager called “A Brief Ode to Blank Paper.” If you like my post, please feel free to share it on social media using the buttons below the post, as The Educator Collaborative only recently launched their blog and could use some help building their audience. It’s a fantastic resource for educators, so be sure to check it out!
Here is the post: