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Pedagogy: Teach more, hover less

As teachers, how can we create a collaborative classroom where pupils share responsibility for their learning? Miriam Plotinsky says we must avoid micro-managing our students

Implementing a student-centered instructional approach that can be customised to fit a variety of teaching styles is easier said than done.

In my book Teach More, Hover Less, I discuss a four-stage, “hover-free” approach that empowers a shift away from classroom micro-management.

The following excerpt encourages teachers to embark upon the self-reflective process of examining their own mindset around teaching and learning so that a classroom of shared responsibility and collaboration becomes a reality.

From micro-management to trust

Does our teaching require lock-step compliance? Or does it promote the academic freedom that comes with critical thinking? The more we can steer instruction toward the latter and away from helicopter teaching, the better we are able to examine outdated priorities around the urgency of due dates and focus instead on learning objectives.

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