Jocelyn and I worked hard last year in our shared class to create a learning community, to make thinking visible, to have open discussion about learning itself and to help our kids develop a sense of ownership of their learning. So it’s no surprise that in the first week in his new class, one of our ex-students (aged 11) raised his hand and asked his new teacher (politely!) what the educational purpose of the assigned task was. There was a collective gasp from the kids around him, but the teacher was happy to explain. It made her aware of the importance of being sure everyone knows why they are doing what they are doing and how it supports or enhances the learning.
We unpacked this further in a team meeting and it made us realise how often we do things without really considering why…
1. Do you expect students to do what you tell them even if they don’t know why?
10. Do you expect students to do what you tell them even if you don’t know why ?
One point for each ‘yes’ answer.
10 points: You might need to make some changes…
0 points? Do you sometimes feel like you speak a different language from your colleagues?