If you listen hard enough to discussions about online learning or digital technology in the classroom, you’ll find significant philosophical differences underlying the different positions.
The student owns the learning, and I don’t really think it’s appropriate for the teacher to determine how they learn best.” understand the sentiment behind this statement. Like Lisa, I want to give my students as much agency as possible. In one of my favorite books about teaching writing (The 9 Rights of Every Writer), Vicki Spandel promotes giving students the right to choose their own topics, to go “off topic,” to write badly, and to find their own voice. I agree with Vicki – that’s the way I teach – so it might seem that I’m aligned with Lisa’s statement above. But nothing could be further from the truth.