From the Edutopia video that we just watched in GNA's classroom it is clear that Vicki Davis is a motivated as a teacher. At the close of the video she discussed the two main points of her pedagogy, which are empowering students to learn for themselves, and teaching them how to collaborate and the importance of that collaboration. Vicki is passionate about these two ideas and that motivates her and enables her to teach them effectively. Her students feed off of Vicki's motivation and become motivated themselves. Because of Vicki's enthusiasm her students understand the importance of what they are learning, and also because of her obvious motivation her students respect her as an educator and as a colleague so they want to exhibit learning in order to please her. More than just pleasing her though the students in her class have "relatedness" with their classmates, and they want to excel in the classroom so that their peers can benefit from everything that each individual independently learns. Vicki encourages her students to teach each other, both informally and on some occasions formally as they stand up in front of the class to present a prepared lesson. This idea that students have the opportunity to teach themselves and teach each other leads to a sense of autonomy. Students are allowed to explore the digital world and bring back what they find unique, interesting or useful and share it with the class. Students experience high quality motivation in Vicki's classroom because they have free range of their creative avenues (autonomy) and they understand fully that they are an integral part of the educational community that exist both in the classroom and around the world via the internet (relatedness).
Question for Vicki:
It seems that your style of teaching empowerment would prevent students from resisting to learn, but I want to ask, have any of your students ever resisted you by not participating in the learning environment? If yes, what was your response?