This post is definitely inspired by Science super hero Nano Girl (Michelle Dickinson). Growing up she always wanted to be a super hero and recently even completed a TEDx talk on how to Build a super hero out of yourself in 5 steps.
This afternoon I was talking with my partner and our 4 1/2 year old daughter about what super powers we would want to have (flying for my partner, ice powers such as Elsa in Frozen for my daughter and teleporting for me) when I realised my Question for Question Quest today:
What teaching super power would you like to have?
I think mine would be the power to give students the confidence to take that big learning risk.
I know that my learning risks get easier the more that I take so it would be great to give students the confidence to take those first few risks. For some students it might be standing up and sharing an idea, others it might be embracing the fact their idea might fail but trying anyway, others it could be about taking the lead role in their group. If they had the confidence to do this a few times, it could really help them take further calculated learning risks in future.
What would your teaching super power be?
Would it change if it was only for 1 day? 1 week? 1 month? A term? Permanent?
p.s. Bonus marks for those who work out how to make that super power happen. I am certainly aiming to give all my students the confidence to take learning risks this term! Will let you know how it goes.
Great idea! My super power would be to enhance student passion for learning. I say enhance, because we innately learn, but some people let their lack of a feeling of empowerment crush dreams of achieving something amazing. Every little boy or girl wants to be something amazing like an astronaut, a teacher, a racing car driver. Somehow, somewhere,they lose the shine in their eyes. So I’ll be that person…Gleam Girl? Dream Enhancer? Believe In Yourself Woman?