Openness in my classroom has also meant letting go of control and allowing for more learner autonomy. I recently had a powerful learning experience of my own as a result of this new approach.
Once a week we do a directed drawing. This has always been a special time and much anticipated. Students follow my step-by-step instructions while listening to quiet music. Often we draw animals, sometimes 3D shapes or plants. Then the students embellish their drawing with their own creativity. I love how each piece of artwork ends up completely unique.
I have one student who does not like our directed drawing lessons. In fact, he detests them. In general, he resists participating in activities where he is not in control. This is his drawing of a turtle. As he was doing the drawing I observed him rushing through to get the whole ordeal over with. He didn't care to finish the colouring or adding creative detail.
All of my students were highly motivated to do this activity. They loved describing the shapes as they emerged and enjoyed creating patterns with colour. L took on a positive leadership role, helping and encouraging students experimenting with his "scribble" technique.
What I learned from this experience of letting go, allowing for autonomy and sharing my thinking about remixing lessons is that by embracing and executing open education principles I also open learning to possibility.