NAIS made an inspired choice when they selected Sheena Iyengar to speak this morning! Some of her points, about leaders, that resonate with me can be applied to teachers leading learners. Sheena’s research suggests, as we all somewhat know inherently, that choice is an important component in engaging people. Based on what she said about employee opinions of managers, translated to teachers: if teachers give no choices; they are not good teachers and if they give too many choices; they are not effective teachers. This is so constructivist, guide on the side, student-centered… what other educational buzz words can we put here? The same philosophies always come back around and show up in different ways. Teachers have many, many choices. How they choose to delegate the learning choices to their students has profound impact on what they actually learn in the long-term. Another philosophy that always circles back is the importance of the individual and cultural differences. Sheena addressed these issues as well. I encourage you to read more about her and this fascinating research!
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