It's important to take time during the summer to relax and recharge for the new school year. But it's also important to take time to reflect on and reform our practices for the new school year. And no practice is more in need of reform than traditional teacher-centered instruction.
But why is it important for students to own and direct their learning? Will students meet academic standards if teachers give them control of their learning? Why are teachers reluctant to let students learn independently? What can teachers do to begin the process of letting go?