I wouldn’t normally want to share what happens in class, but one of my classes made me so proud last week and I want to acknowledge how great they are.
We were studying some of the theories behind how teams work in organisations. To engage the students more in their learning, and to avoid death by PowerPoint I had them carry out some research to answer questions. They came back to work in groups/teams and decide how they would feedback to the class.
At one point one of the students realised that while they were studying about teams, by putting them into groups, they were also getting to experience teamworking first-hand.
At the end of their groupwork we debriefed how they got on as a team? What worked/didn’t work etc. It was interesting to see how they analysed their efforts – very honestly, which led to some conflict. What did impress me, and what I’m proud of them for, is that they addressed the causes of conflict within their team and agreed a way forward to resolve the conflict so that they will work together better at our next class. All without any support or intervention by myself.
Sometimes as the lecturer, you need to take a step back and let the kids step up (on average they’re about 18 years old).
I am proud of my class and this makes me proud to be a lecturer, to be their lecturer.
What makes you proud? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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