In 2016, there is a fear in many teachers that they are being expected to go from the traditional "I" the teacher in charge to "you"; the student now having all the power, content and decision-making in our learning spaces. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. The "I" had to go. It smacked of the idea that student were to be seen and not heard, mere consumers, vessels to be filled with content with little regard for the how. The classroom was about teaching, now it's about learning and we're not just talking semantics.
Students for all their collective and undoubted capabilities can't do it all by themselves so the "I" has not been and can't be transplanted by the "you". Instead it is the "we" that is now being seen and acknowledged as the key to successful learning and teaching (in that order please) and journeys and outcomes (in that order too please). When we think of "we" in our learning spaces, the mindsets of all involved has to evolve as does the practice. "we" implies explicitly that the learning has to be partnership-based with give and take on both sides. The teacher also has to embrace the concept and reality of them learning and often needing to learn from their students. Likewise the students need to be prepared when required to be the teacher, the guide, the navigator for the journey forward.
The power of thinking as "we" also ensures that the first priority is the learning and not the achievement. Both teachers and students have often been so focused on the outcomes, (in many cases assessment performance) that the beauty and essential learning of the journey has been sidelined or forgotten entirely. Now the establishment and maintenance of the "we" in the classroom is no easy feat. It really requires both teachers and students to prioritise needs over wants and to work backwards from these. It also requires both parties to think, "is what we are doing now going to be important outside the classroom to each of us, now and in the future?" Notice the use of "us" in terms of the doing importance. Both teacher and student need a degree of selfishness to ensure that their individual and collective needs are met. Wants are negotiable but in most cases, where the "I" needs are not fulfilled via journey and destination, the learning space dynamic becomes unsustainable and problematic.
Increasingly in my opinion, the "we" will arguably be seen as the most logical and "natural" way forward for learning and achieving. It explicitly implies partnership, trust and embracing of the individual and collective. In the "we", we can literally and in reality, achieve 1+1= 3. Hey it must be the key word in the classroom, after all Nintendo named their best-selling game console after it!