Thursday, November 27, 2014

5 of 5 Stars to "Empowered Schools, Empowered Students"

There are differences when working in the Chinese education system, but Pernille Ripp hits on topics in "Empowered Schools, Empowered Students" that students themselves here strongly desire as well as practical points to start with as an elementary EFL teacher. Student voice, empowerment, and ownership must happen in classrooms around the world, and she easily and logically explains why. Many students have expressed opinions in my classes on various topics of teaching, student voice, and technology. I empathize with the students but still respect the Chinese educators because the culture has much of Confucius' "sage on the stage" feel that will be hard to surrender. Ironically some of those colleagues have shared how maybe what we're doing isn't right or modern. Culture and tradition are a couple obstacles, but much of what Ripp suggests are ways to analyze what we do, why, and how to change little by little.

This was the first book of the Corwin Press Connected Educators series that I have read on Peter Dewitt's recommendation, and I'm quite glad I did. Thank you, Peter, and many thanks to Pernille! Keep up the work so that the flame burning inside us educators can spread like wildfire to the students in a global fashion.

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