One afternoon last week, my students were the teachers. They were the ones who “knew” and they shared what they knew with people who “didn’t know”. It was a moment when the roles were switched. It was a moment when I knew that the things we had been talking about all year– about all of us being learners together and about learning from each other–had finally been internalized. It was the moment when I knew that they understood.
Last week, my students talked via Skype with the teaching staff of an elementary school in Colorado. Jill Fisch, who coordinated the call, asked my students to help her show Skype to her staff. Jill gave us the two excellent questions in advance:
1. Why do you Skype with other people/classes?
2. What are some cool things you have learned when you have Skyped others?
When we discussed the questions prior to the call, it was my students’ answers to the first question about why we use Skype that blew me away. Four separate students gave me these reasons:
- Because we learn.
- Because we get to meet new people.
- Because we help other people to learn.
- Because we don’t have to go to their town to talk to people.