Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Students as Teachers

Artful risktakers, joyful creators, confident collaborators...These are all words that describe the students I teach.

When I feel inspiration waning, I step back and watch my students tackle their own projects. They impress me with their ability to let go of the worries and concerns that often plague me. 

They simply create and enjoy the process. 

The act of creating empowers them and grows their confidence.  

My fifth graders are currently designing ceiling tiles as part of a legacy project for the school. They know that these tiles will be on display for everyone to see. 

If I were creating a design for a tile, I would feel incredibly anxious. I would worry over every little detail and try to make sure it is all perfect. I would think about how others would judge it. By the time it was all finished, I would be absolutely exhausted and glad it was over. 

Not my awesome students. They create their designs with confidence. After all, they know everyone will love it.

They proudly show me their drafts and go to work transferring their designs to the tiles. Then they choose their paints and brushes and set to work creating.  

The energy in my classroom is exhilarating. With awe, I watch them work their magic.

Their projects are not finished. Each day they add a little more detail to them, and each day I am amazed and inspired by their creativity and the way they freely share it.

On days like these, I think that I am the student and they are the teachers. How lucky am I to have such great teachers?

May all adults be inspired to create with the freedom and joy of children.

Until next time,



  1. So beautiful. Oh what we could learn from our students if we only take the time to notice. Good for you Tracy.

  2. I love this slice and the feeling I get about your classroom from your words and pictures. Aren't kids amazing???

  3. My daughter participated in a similar project when she attended a new school the first year it opened. The kids were so proud to create something lasting for their school.