Spontaneity in the Classroom
You’re alive. Do something. The direction in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like: Look. Listen. Choose. Act.
“Spontaneity in the classroom provides myriad opportunities and possibilities for learning, building relationships, and collaboration,” proposes Judith Pack in her article, Spontaneity and the Pursuit of Beautiful Opportunities, in the new Exchange Essential article collection, The Spirit of Teaching.
“There is no limit to what can be learned and enjoyed. The teacher does not have to center her curriculum around holidays or … to rigidly follow the seasons, the calendar, or the schedule in order to ‘make’ interesting things happen. They happen because all inhabitants of the classroom are keen observers: curious, intelligent, and open to all that is around them, indoors and outdoors. They connect home with school and take time to investigate. The teacher provides materials and, along with the children, creates an environment that fosters inquiry, comfort, friendship, and creativity.
“Teachers need to resist the mandates to standardize and dehumanize what takes place in the classroom. Spontaneous events that are pursued by bringing engaging materials, good conversation, and time for investigation into the classroom create a true learning environment that is a joyful place to be.”