Larissa also posted about that fact that teachers don't have to know everything. I was reminded of that in my reading this week as well. For me this is a challenge. I feel like I have to know everything to be a good teacher, but this just isn't true. There has been a large shift from teachers being the sage on the stage to being more of a facilitator. She posted a link to a video that did a great job of explaining the role of facilitator. In the video it explained that we have to know the right questions to ask rather than the answer to a question. This can be more challenging that just giving your lecture. For the lecture you can plan, but predicting the questions you will ask cannot be predicted in a PBL lesson. I believe you really have to prepare students for a PBL lesson because they have generally not been taught how to think or work in this manner.
Jule first talked about a lack of time and resources. Jim echoed this concern on her blog. My question is: Is there a teacher who doesn't have time & resource issues? I feel like that is always a problem. Even without taking classes I would still find ways to busy myself by grading, creating lesson plans, or even just catching up on stuff at home. There is always something to do. I think that really proves the point of small steps. Try out one new thing at a time and don't bite off more than you can chew. I also really liked the video Jule posted. I could totally relate to it. I was definitely the quiet kid in school, but now I am a lot different. When in small groups I would open up but not in front of the class. I really had to gain my confidence and for me that happened as I went through college and had to find my own niche. I think the strategy of talking with a student after class could make the world of a difference. Allowing them to hear that they are right can build the confidence and when they are ready they will speak. Everyone has something to say but they may need confidence to say it.