Thinking about this activity further and reflecting on Brookfield's discussion about teacher power makes me wonder if I should try to reduce the power differential in the classroom, or if I should focus more on using my power responsibly. I will need to reflect on this further, as I have not given much thought to the power I have in my role. However, after reading Brookfield’s discussion about teacher power, my first thoughts are that it is first of all important to acknowledge my power as a teacher, and then rather than trying to reduce it, use this “power in justifiable and helpful ways” (Brookfield, 2015, p. 240) for the learners.
Brookfield, S. D. (2015). The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom
(3rd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.