@informed_members & @Certified_Educators we will wrap up our slow-chat on student-centered learning with this final question. Thank you to @freymuge and @Dawn_Frier1 for leading daily discussions, as well as to @david for putting us all together . I hope this week has inspired to you try some new things in your classroom this year.
Yesterday we looked at ideas for HOW to allow for more student choice/input via student-centered learning under a strict curriculum path. Today we dig a little deeper… WHAT do you do, specifically? Feel free to share ideas and resources to help those taking their first steps towards student-centered learning.
As mentioned before, the curriculum is set in our district. We teach our units in the same order for all five public high schools. I have some flexibility, as I can teach concepts within the unit in the order I feel best. I have latitude for how I teach those concepts. As such, I try to offer a variety of activities within the classroom in order to meet all my students’ learning styles throughout the term.
Yesterday, @myersl suggested HyperDocs and even shared some examples. After some thinking, I believe that my self-pacing guide IS a HyperDoc, just not so colorful and eye-catching. One of the HyperDocs Lonnie shared was a specific pathway, where students did all the activities, in order from left to right. @mgarcia and @msashlylcot have created diverging (and re-converging) pathways within their HyperDocs. My self-pacing guide combines both: like Lonnie, I expect my students to do all the activities in order through each of the strands, but like Mariana and Ashley, I allow students to choose the order in which they work the strands.
I teach the concepts according to our district map, but I also expose students to some pre-requisite skills along the way and students may choose to work on those concepts in addition to the current concepts. My criteria is that students complete X number of ‘steps’ (activities) per day in order to be able to complete all the ‘steps’ prior to our midterm and final exams. Students also have the choice to retake tests as concepts ‘click’ for them.