We often send kids mixed messages. Many of these messages actually create barriers to student learning.
“I want you to think for yourself”‘ vs. “Follow my instructions (obey my orders)”
“No talking when I’m talking” vs. “I want you to participate in the discussion”
“You are here to learn” vs. “You got an F because you didn’t turn in any homework and you’re missing these worksheets”
It is really hard to develop a classroom centered around genuine inquiry if it’s not compatible with your discipline style.
Inquiry is messy. If you exert external control on students’ actions and behaviors, you can’t expect them to think independently. Creative thinking doesn’t happen in a teacher-dominated classroom.
There are days that the chaos in my room is too much for even me. There are days when I snap at the students. I’m human, after all. When I do, they slide into passive compliance. The quality and depth of learning suffers for it.
Whose education is it anyway?