Scaffolding Student Skills For Productive Classroom Discussions. By Jackie A. Walsh How would you rate the quality of student talk in your classroom? Does it help your kids dig down deeper and learn more? Or do you sometimes feel that it’s not the best investment of class time? Student skills are the means and ends of productive classroom discussions. When students engage in meaningful academic conversation, they are intentional in their use of important social, cognitive, and use-of-knowledge skills. In turn, when students are deliberate in the use of these skills, they are enhancing their ability to engage in thoughtful discourse in academic settings and beyond—in the workplace and in our democratic society.
We can all agree these are important goals, but we also know that most students do not arrive in our classrooms with a high level of proficiency in these skills. What are the most important skills for good classroom talk? Improving student skills requires focus and intentionality. Attending to discussion timing and preparation Dr. Student Choice and Viral Videos. When designing a project-based learning (PBL) unit for students, it's important to ask how you can make learning content interesting to your intended audience. Brainstorm ideas that would motivate and engage student learning. Most importantly, collect students' feedback regarding what they'd want to do. To this end, I focus group ideas to incorporate student voice into lesson planning.
I also make sure to check the Essential Project Design Elements from Buck Institute of Education (a nonprofit organization devoted to best practices in project-based learning). Here's the checklist: Key knowledge, understanding, and success skills Challenging problem or question Sustained inquiry Authenticity Student voice and choice Reflection Critique and revision Public product This year, I had the idea of adding more student choice to my seventh-grade social studies unit about the original 13 American Colonies. Viral Videos as PBL According to Allocca, viral videos have three common components:
5 Ways Student Choice Impacts Learning. This is the first post in the “Innovative Teaching Challenge” series. Get each challenge delivered to your inbox by signing up here. I spent a lot of time as a teacher figuring out new ways to inspire and motivate my students. Sometimes it worked, but often I would fail to reach all of them. Then one day I gave my students choice. That choice came in the form of the “20% Project“. As a teacher I noticed some ways that choice impacted the learning process. This project was different because: a) Students picked their learning topic and end goal b) Students pre-defined what they would consider a successful learning outcome c) In most cases I knew nothing about the topic they chose (i.e.
I was no longer the person with the most knowledge on the subject in the room, so I had to act fast and help in other ways. There were five specific ways student choice impacted the learning going on in my classroom: 1. 2. At the same time, the students knew that I was not the “expert” on their chosen topic.
Student Choice Leads to Student Voice. The way I understood school learning shifted the first time I was given an opportunity to design a project of my own. This high school senior project, an environmental audit of my school district, became my passion. I stayed awake at night researching, met with different experts, and ultimately presented a proposal for reform to our school board. For the first time in my life, school had not been about finding ways to meet requirements established by others -- it was about work that I believed in.
Why Choice? Learning that incorporates student choice provides a pathway for students to fully, genuinely invest themselves in quality work that matters. There are times when students are able to pursue their passions and independently create projects, and other times when students can be given choice in smaller, yet meaningful, ways. Meenoo Rami teaches students English: Brad Latimer teaches students math: Matt Kay teaches students English: A final example: Choice, Voice, and Passion. 5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice. The idea of co-constructing knowledge with students can be a scary thing for many of us teachers. The age-old role of teacher as orator, director, sage has been handed down for centuries and most of us grew up as students looking to teachers in this way.
It's hard to shake. Co-constructing knowledge means giving up the myself and them role of teacher and students and fully embracing the wonder and journey of us. The first step we have to take is becoming familiar and comfortable with saying "I don't know" out loud to our students. Maybe that sounds silly, but it's a huge step for many of us. I remember the first time I said it; My eleventh-grade students asked me a question that completely and utterly stumped me (I can't remember what the topic was). I was about to tell them what I sort of knew or thought the answer might be and instead I just said, "I don't know. " We all just sat there in the silence of those three words. Then I said, "Who knows something about this that they can share? " Student Engagement: Resource Roundup.
Facebook Edutopia on Facebook Twitter Edutopia on Twitter Google+ Pinterest Edutopia on Pinterest WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation Tips and Strategies for Keeping Students Engaged Igniting Student Engagement: A Roadmap for Learning, by John McCarthy (2015) McCarthy discusses key strategies to ensure student engagement including being authentic, introducing units with meaningful launch events, and letting students know what outcomes to expect. Back to Top Engagement Through Projects Integrated Learning: One Project, Several Disciplines, by Edutopia Staff (2015) For any project within a vocational major, High Tech High encourages teachers and students to include relevant content from other subject areas to enhance real-world connections. Engagement Through Technology Engagement Through Social and Emotional Learning Getting (and Keeping) Students Engaged Create experiences so students invest in their learning.
Student Voice And Choice In Language Learning. Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 5 Driving Question: How can student voice and choice enrich language learning? Recent articles in publications like The Atlantic and The Hill highlight what many describe as a dismal state of language learning in the United States. Both pieces speak to the largely ineffective outcomes of language study, since so few language learners achieve a meaningful level of proficiency, even after years of study. Contributing to the state of language discussion, a recent ACTFL study shows that fewer students are pursuing language study.
We can change this attitude and grow the number of students invested in language learning by changing perceptions about the value of global education in general. These four ideas can help teacher start building student voice and choice into language learning. 1. 2. 3. 4. All of these strategies have a similar theme: Keep it real. Meriwynn Mansori is Manager of Instructional Services at VIF International Education. 10 Ways to Encourage Student Voice and Choice. Personalize the Learning Environment Building a personalized learning environment means putting the learner first. Here are ten steps to encourage student voice and choice in your classroom. 1. Introduce the topic and share the standards that are normally met with typical instruction. 2.
Determine prior knowledge using a poll or response system. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Barbara Bray (@bbray27) has over 23 years experience "Making Learning Personal", writes the professional development column for Computer Using Educators (CUE) since 1998, is a Creative Learning Strategist where she is Rethinking Learning, and is owner of My eCoach. Kathleen McClaskey (@khmmc), President and Digital Learning Consultant of EdTech Associates, has over 28 years experience in designing instruction and learning environments for all learners and in developing professional development programs and projects using the Universal Design for Learning framework.
Popular Topics Advertisement What can your students create? 10 Social Media Sites For Education. 10 Social Media Sites For Education by Lila Daniels Our kids live on social media these days. One crucial way to make learning relevant is to meet ’em where they live, which means finding social media sites that work in the classroom. Social media organically dovetails with subjects like language arts and social studies, but tech savvy teachers know that collaboration can work in any classroom.
Not all social media sites are equal — and not everyone is comfortable turning their students lose on Facebook or Twitter. 10 Best Social Media Sites For Students & Teachers Twiducate: Described as a “walled garden,” this site is billed as a safe site for teachers and students to collaborate. Social Media As A Tool To Develop Students’ Voices One of the major benefits of using social media with students is teaching them to communicate openly, honestly, and, above all, kindly with their peers.
Your school and your classroom need to have solid guidelines in place before you introduce technology. Ep. 14: Elevating Student Voice With The #StuVoice Movement. - Ep. 14: Elevating student voice with the #stuvoice movement. by Drew Perkins This is episode 14 of the TeachThought Podcast! In this episode Drew Perkins (Director of Professional Development at TeachThought) talks with Andrew Brennen, National Field Director of Student Voice, about his work as a student to elevate and amplify student voice in schools around the country.
Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Subscribe Thank You For Listening! Thanks so much for joining us again this week. Also, please leave an honest review for The TeachThought Podcast! Become a Listening Educator: How to Hear and Connect to Your Students. Sure, you can hear the words that are coming out of your students’ mouths. But are you really listening to them? No matter how much you love your students, it’s not an easy task with so many of them in front of you and so many duties to balance. And yet, nothing is more important than making that personal connection. Let’s take a look at a few tips and tricks for becoming a listening educator – even when what you hear is a mix of whispers and giggles. Setting the Context Image via Flickr by quinn.anya In a recent Edutopia post, Shane Safir, co-founder of the June Jordan School for Equity, described a student who had spent his life in foster homes and was living in an emotionally detached home.
The Importance of Listening Educational policymakers constantly strive to determine what students need from their education. Prevent Problems Listening may lessen the risk for more serious problems. How to Listen to Understand Benefits of Listening to Students. What the Connected Learning Research Community Can Learn from YPAR - DML Central. Last month, the two of us (along with our mentor, Dr. Ernest Morrell) celebrated the release of our book, Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Youth. The book tells the story of the UCLA Council of Youth Research (YPAR), a long-running youth participatory action research program that mentors young people from South and East Los Angeles to develop research questions about the educational and social challenges they recognize in their communities and then conduct rigorous inquiry into those questions for the purposes of fostering empowerment and action for social justice.
We drew on our membership in the Council community to detail one year in the life of the program and use this portrait as a lens through which to explore YPAR as a radical vision of knowledge production that can transform how educational researchers approach their work — particularly those in the connected learning community. What is research? Who does research? 3 Practices to Promote Equity in the Classroom. I recently observed a classroom where students were presenting history projects to rows of silent and obedient classmates. Though the projects were diligently constructed, I couldn't focus on their content because I was distracted by two facts: only the teacher was asking questions, and he kept calling exclusively on girls to present.
Ten minutes later, I walked into a completely different classroom where students rotated through the room presenting group projects to each other. The teacher instructed his class to "work to understand" the content through discussion, and every voice filled the room. These two experiences resurfaced a long-held question: What makes for an equitable classroom?
While this topic deserves a whole book, here are three simple practices that you can try on to increase the range and frequency of student voices in your classroom. Practice 1: Use Equity Sticks Equity sticks are a cheap and powerful way to check your biases at the door. Photo credit: Shane Safir. A Self-Directed Learning Model For 21st Century Learners. A Self-Directed Learning Model For 21st Century Learners by Terry Heick The above is the latest draft of our self-directed learning framework, version 1.1. It is based, in spirit, on our Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model. It is intended to function as a guide for students–likely with the support and facilitation of teachers, parents, and mentors–to help students become expert learners. The goal of the model isn’t content knowledge (though it should produce that), but rather something closer to wisdom–learning how to learn, understanding what’s worth understanding, and perhaps most importantly, analyzing the purpose of learning (e.g., personal and social change).
It is therefore built around the central concept of self-knowledge–better understanding one’s self, and using work and study to inform one’s interactions with the world. Application: Teachers and learners in grades 6-12+ The Context Of This Model Coming Updates TeachThought Self-Directed Learning Framework Draft 1.1 1. The Missing Voices in EdTech | SAGE Publications Inc.
Today’s Education Should Be About Giving Learners Voice and Choice. Some of the recurring themes of my conference presentations and blog posts include: The underlying theme of all of my ideas, of all of my blog posts is about setting up the conditions where learners’ choice and voice flourish. I have come to believe that the only real education is one that fully embraces learner choice and voice. All instructional practices in this era of learning should revolve around learner choice and voice: Education works when people have opportunities to find and develop unaccessed or unknown voices and skills.
Audre Lorde poignantly describes this “transformation of silence into language and action [as] an act of self-revelation.” Internet accessibility, technologies that permit the user-generated media, and social media allow for unlimited potential for learner choice and voice. Learner Choice can be facilitated through: Learner Voice can be facilitated by: As John Dewey notes (as is often the case, he says it best): Like this: Like Loading... Student Voice Comes With Teachers as Listeners. Why Learning Innovation Can't Come From Teachers Alone. 4 Ideas for Building Student Voice and Choice in Language Learning. 15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching.
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