A little bit of democracy…
Last term we ran a Climate Change project with our Year 8 students, which culminated in them lobbying the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne MP, just before he left for the UN Climate Conference in Cancun, Mexico.
During the project, some of my students remarked that it would be good to try to teach other people about what they’d learned. So I decided to delay the lessons I had planned for the next few weeks, and we set about preparing to teach a lesson on climate change to students in our local primary school. And that’s all I had to do! For the next two lessons, I’ve never seen my students more engrossed – busy making resources, preparing scripts and practicing. This week they visited the primary school and taught the lesson – see video below.
What I liked about this project, was not simply that students were teaching other students, but that the idea to do so came from the students and I was able to run with it. If we want to teach students about democracy, we have to dare to allow a little bit of democracy in our classrooms.