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Today I relinquished all control of learning in my lab and shifted the responsibility of learning to the students. Most of my activities in my lab are project-based, but they are usually created by myself and the classroom teachers, have directions, pre-set expectations, rubrics, etc. In a recent workshop I attended, Alan November posed the question, “Who owns the learning in the classroom: the teacher or the students? This inspired me to relinquish control.
It went like this: My 4th graders are studying isopods and beetles in science so I presented to them a challenge: “Using any method you choose, you are to show your isopod/beetle expertise.” That was pretty much all the direction I gave.
Looking around my lab, here is what I saw being created:
- Bitstrip comics starring themselves as scientists explaining the diversity of crustaceans.
- Students researching sources using advanced search features for trust-worthy and relevant information
- Online jeopardy game creations
- Using Scratch to create interactive stories
- PowerPoint and Prezi presentations
- Using Flipcams and Moviemaker to create infomercials
- Podcast radio interviews
- Glogster Posters
EdTechIdeas: As teachers, it is often difficult to make a shift from forced learning (teacher delivered content) to student directed learning. I challenge you to just take one lesson; one activity; one afternoon and flip the way you’ve always done it in the past. Take a leap of faith, and relinquish control. See how you feel. Discover how your students feel. Feel the learning.