Saturday, February 25, 2006

student choices

it seems obvious, but we seldom do it - allow students to have ownership of their 'projects' at school. by immersing ourselves in conversation with the children and actually listening to them, we may be able to find out what it is that they actually find engaging. once we ourselves have started to 'hear' the children, we might be able to help them come up with some meaningful questions, based on their interests or concerns about the world that they inhabit. these questions could then be used to develop inquiry-based learning experiences, driven by the need to solve a problem that is real to the students an dtheir world, rather than manufactured or directed by a teacher. quite frankly we teachers probably have very little idea of what is going on in the minds of the students most of the time. we also come from a different model of education that was designed to fit a different world. that world has changed and is changing more rapidly all time. we need to tune in to be able to engage them and help them become purposeful, powerful learners.
ask yourself - what is learning? what do/will 21st C kids need to know? or more appropriately, what do they need to know how to do? 20th C 'facts' they need less than 21st C attitudes, skills and understandings. let's put away our ego, relinquish some control and allow the children the opportunity to ask the questions they want to ask. let them own their education. teach them how to engage in it for themselves. they will still need us to model, guide, encourage, etc.
what do you think?

13 comments:

Amal said...

I think we shld decide how we wrk at schl coz we r the students not the techers.If we hve a enviroment tht we lke we lve schl!!!!!!!!

cya
amal

hi said...

Hahahaha! I now know why people never got anywhere with their teachers! THEY NEVER LISTENED!!!!! But now i can prove it's right!See you in class

Amal said...

Some students listen some don't but if our class works together and make up system to make school seem more interesting then the students that listen might seem more enthusiastic about we learn at school.

cya

amal

ash said...

i agree wid amal and sigrid and every one likes school better wen they get to mack ther own choices rather than the teacher making them 4 them

Amal said...

WE could learn grammer by using music like making a rap or a pop song.

cya amal

ash said...

yea that is a good idea amal aslong as it is catchy then we might be able to rember our punctuation better

Mr Woody said...

i see what you are getting at. mr stevens was telling me today that you have to learn tings like grammar in a real context or you don't see the point.
i will try to work with you to make it meaningful for you.
8>)

hi said...

You rock Ash! That is a really cool idea. But right now I think I have better grammer than the teacher on the net. lol = )

cya l8er
Sig

catgirl said...

We should get a choice of how we do stuff at school. After all, we do want to have fun, don't we?
Oh by the way Sigrid, you may have gr8 grammar, but u spelt it wrong-it's grammAr, not Er.

C u at school amigos!
GO PIRONGIA!!!

Mr Woody said...

Well done, Rebec... er, i mean, Catgirl
;>)
Excellent to see you thoughtfully correcting each other or commenting sensibly on each other's suggetions. it is really great when you reinforce something you agree with, acknowledge the other person and add some of your own thoughts. People who successfully contribute to this forum may be invited to a secret society of ultrabloggers!
Well done Catgirl and co.

Mr.Brainy said...

dang!!! i cant find any spelling mistakes in mr woody's comment...

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