Scott McLeod recently published an interesting set of diagrams on his Dangerously Irrelevant blog (which is incredibly worth reading, by the way). He uses them to tell a story.
The story he wants to tell is about what seems to most effectively contribute to a creative economy.
I certainly agree with him, but saw them as telling another story as well. I saw them as depicting the ends of a spectrum of the relationships between teachers and students in a classroom. Does a teacher shape everything into "one right answer" or does he/she allow possibility to arise from these relationships in the classroom.
This dilemma is a very real one for me right now. The school year so far has been about living out the question: "What happens when students get to use their own voice?"
In most cases, my experience is that of a profound thing of beauty. The kinds of things that make teaching (and life) worth while.
I thank Scott for giving diagrammatic representation to my experience.