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Student-Led Learning
July 27, 2015

Student-Led Learning

Do you want a student-led, highly engaged classroom?

Doesn’t that sound amazing!

Well, this summer we have been doing a book study on “Learn like a Pirate” and it is all about having your students become leaders in your classroom.

I first heard about
Learn Like a Pirate after reading “Teach Like a Pirate”.

While these books have some similar trends, this book has helped us develop a plan to start the year strong.

One huge aspect that will be a focus is providing students the time and tools to reflect on their learning.

We all know that when kids think about their learning they remember.

But, also, when kids think about thinking about learning the skills are further solidified.

There were some great suggestions in the book – and this is what we came up with for the students we teach.

Another huge part of our discussion was around how “Learn” was aligned to the language in the Charlotte Danielson framework for teaching.

When looking at the highest, most developed domains – most of them talk about how the students are leading, sharing, becoming experts.

This is our goal so when creating our charts, ideas and plans we continually looked back at the framework.

During our work we also talked about procedures and routines.

One new concept that we wanted to add to our work was an end of the day classroom meeting with goal setting.

Having the students create, verbalize and share their goals will help hold them accountable for their learning.

When students work together, we often ask them to share, talk, and provide feedback.

However, if they haven’t been given the tools to do this it turns into a big, ol’ train wreck.

The book gave some great ways of supporting students in giving feedback.

We tweaked it with some language that our school district uses and come up with these steps.

I can’t wait to see them in action!

One big concern that was shared over and over was, “What if my kids just don’t ask questions?”

It’s a valid concern.

So often kids want to share answers and “be right”.

Building a classroom where the questions are as powerful as the answers takes time and work.

Tickle Your Brain activity might be what your students need to get started.

Providing your students will stems and practice can help them grow as question askers (Is that a word? #summerbrain).

I don't think this newsletter is going to have a pretty bow on it because this is a work in process.

As we learn and explore with Learn Like a Pirate, I will continue to share with you!

Happy learning!

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