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Step Back and Let Young People Take the Lead with Laura Hill – PTE008

Step Back and Let Young People Take the Lead with Laura Hill - Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran



Show Guest – Laura Hill

Step Back and Let Young People Take the Lead with Laura Hill

As a creative learner and teacher the world makes me tick. People’s stories, animals, how things work, feelings, nature and my place in it and sharing my view are all part of my day, every day.  I’m riding the wave of education transformation to re-imagine school in a way that prepare students for a future that is not yet undefined.

Episode Summary

They’re moments that catch you unaware. Moments that surprise and delight you.

When students stretch themselves in ways that you’d never have imagined, going far beyond what you thought possible.

In this episode: Challenging our views about young people.

We’re letting go of the reins and pushing beyond the ‘we know best’, ‘we’ll show you’ approaches with author, broadcaster and speaker Laura Hill.

Laura has two children, Ava and Kayla, who managed to confound her time and time again. So much so that they’re partners with Laura in the Family Business, and have contributed to a significant shift in how she works with young people.

That’s not all though, we’re also talking #WhatisSchool, a Twitter Chat that Laura co-founded with Craig Kemp.

Plus we have the Lightning Round – where we’re talking Risk, Courage and Edge.

And to bring us home, a young John Lennon goes one up on his teachers in a Not to Be Missed Quote about Life, School and Happiness.

Episode Highlights

1:37 – What makes Laura tick?

2:13 – How Laura pushes outside her Comfort Zone

4:08 – Letting young people Take the Lead – Letting go of Control

6:00 Capturing that youthful exuberance – Backing off our ego

7:21 – Re-thinking what’s possible for young people

9:09 – Winning and Losing together

10:23 – Stepping back and Adding Value

  • PBL = Problem or Project Based Learning

12:53 – #whatisschool: The Twitter Chat – The Impact and How we might apply it in schools

14:05 – The Lightning Round

15:55 – Laura’s Not to be Missed Quote

“When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “Happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.”  John Lennon

Links & Resources

  • READ – How we label groups or situations affect what we SEE and how we ENGAGE
    • My PhD explores how Same-Sex Attracted Youth are viewed, and the impact that view has on the support that is offered to them (Don’t Worry – it’s a PhD written in ‘everyday speak’).
    • My morning walk got me thinking about – how I READ situations.
  • LISTEN to two Inspiring Educators who Challenge Traditional or Limiting Beliefs (Pushing The Edge Podcast)Shake up your beliefs and values - Erin Stevenson
      • Erin Stevenson – challenges the idea of ‘Saving Students’ (based on the idea of students as ‘victims’), and continually challenges her world views.

      • Rachael Lehr tells us how she pushes back against her Comfort Zones, pushing back against her limited and negative self-beliefs.Rachael Lehr - Pushg Past Your Comfort Zone

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2 comments… add one
  • Kim Buenger

    it can be difficult for me to “let go” and let the kids take the reins. I follow an emergent curriculum in my early childhood classroom, yet need to add more project/problem based learning. I love the idea of children being excited, like ourselves, but do not have the apprehensions that adults do. I agree that controlling behaviors is not what is most important. Get students inspired and the behaviors will naturally decrease. Great episode! I love how Greg continues to make educators reflect on their practice.

    • Greg Curran

      Cheers Kim. I agree it can certainly let difficult to ‘let go’ of the reins. There’s lots of competing pressures – as well as our own fears and doubts. What I especially appreciate though is your recognition of the need to shift, that’s a vital first step. And as Laura highlighted in this episode, once we do step back then a whole realm of possibilities can open up – not only for students but also for ourselves in how we teach and learn. Thanks so much Kim for your support, and for taking time to share your thoughts.


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