Teachers are now facilitators. My aunt was a great quilt maker in her time, but what was really cool, was to see a group of women collectively coming together to create such an inspiring work. Ladies would bring pieces of different patterned cloth and by the end of the county fair day, made something that we would consider a family heirloom today.
Student centered learning is now the expectation. It brings a wealth of feedback and at times, even I struggle with an unexpected question that throws me off my track (all good, but sometimes I have to take the median, to prevent alienating a particular group) Example: politics or the ongoing immigration issue.
So here is an example of how I launch, introduce students centered expectations in my class. At the beginning of the year (which is a week away), I bring the quilt that she made for me when I was a youngster. I discuss the importance and value of a student centered-team approach to learning. Using a Pear Deck slide presentation, I show how she made the quilt and how her efforts brought about not only learning, but success.
I ask students how they will apply what they learned about the quilting toward their future success. The questions are open ended and we then share those thoughts as an exit ticket.
We then bind this learning the next day (after a flipped assignment at home) by having students reflect their knowledge on how Texas geography and regions affect the way Texans live. The students are introduced through a Formative about Texas regions and sub-regions that focused on culture, major land forms and geography, climate, etc. They use a choice board to extend their learning by creating something from their experiences during the week, the students vote which are the best from each class and we work with outside agency to print them as tourism handouts. I know this last part sounds a little challenging to work with an outside agency, but the kids are connected and motivated (great way to build a portfolio and is follows BIE project based learning guidelines).