I wanted to connect with the auto teacher, Jeff Zdeconvec, affectionately referred to as Z, for a long time now. Every year I would get these great updates about how well the auto team performed at state and nation wide competitions. I would hear great happenings down in the auto shop. Frequently Z encourages me to stop down to visit his class. He has always been extremely open to having people stop down. He is immensely connected to the school and the people in it through servicing a great number of teacher's cars.
Last week, Z finally pushed me to come down to the shop. Not only was I going to get to learn about the class, but Z insisted I let students teach me how to change my oil! Read that again. Z insisted I let students teach me how to change my oil! He trusts his student's abilities so much, he was willing to let them teach a teacher whose understanding of cars comes mainly for the Fast and the Furious series. This is the true definition of mastery. My experience was nothing short of amazing.
When I entered the class, Z started by delegating the work that needed to be finished by the end of the day. There were six or seven cars that needed work, and Z had the class split into teams. Three of his students were assigned to teach me how to change my oil.
Although Z is ultimately responsible for all the work completed by the students, he trusts his students with a great deal. Students complete almost all of the work. He merely checks each step of the work for quality and safety. I have some of these students in my class, and I struggle to trust them to read on their own, let alone give them the trust he does with the responsibility of changing someone brakes.