Shor believes that children should be
in their learning
ASK QUESTIONS SEEK ANSWERS
and learn from their peers
within a community based setting.
each others differences
Personal contributions are
valued and encouraged
Shor argues that a democratic classroom is essential where "the teacher leads and directs the curriculum, but does so democratically with the participation of the students, balancing the need for structure with the need for openness. The teacher brings lesson plans, learning methods, personal experiences and academic knowledge to class but negotiates the curriculum with the students and begins with their language, themes, and understandings. To be democratic implies orienting subject matter to the student culture-their interests, needs, speech and perceptions-while creating a negotiable openness in class where the student's input jointly creates learning process."
Democratic Education is......
EMPOWERMENT MENTOR SHIP
Critical Thinking is
Children should not memorize what they are being taught. In order to give learning meaning, a child must use critical thinking skills which will unlock understanding and knowledge.
Enhancing Student's Critical Thinking Skills
Free professional development on how to enhance your students critical thinking:)
Ira Shor with Paulo Freire