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Fall 2016 TLC: Increasing Student Ownership of Learning

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SEED Team

Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element B: Teachers use formal and informal methods to assess student learning, provide feedback, and use results to inform planning and instruction.

This set contains all the resources from Increasing Student Ownership of Learning.

Resources

Creating Classroom Culture to Support Growth Mindset

In this activity, we will think about the importance of the classroom culture in helping students take ownership of their learning. We will explore how a growth mindset is developed in the classroom by setting expectations that reflect a culture of continual improvement - perhaps even leading you to rethink your own expectations around how (and when) students demonstrate  mastery.

 

Engaging Students with Feedback

Essential Question:  How do teachers intentionally create a classroom environment in which students feel compelled to take ownership of their learning?

In this activity, we will think about the role of feedback in the student-driven classroom. There are many ways to provide and use feedback, some more effective than others. As you review the resources, think about how you can use feedback to help students own their learning.

 

Creating Systems to Support Student Ownership

Essential Question: How do teachers intentionally create a classroom environment in which students feel compelled to take ownership of their learning?

As students become increasingly proficient at utilizing teacher feedback, we want them to assume further ownership of their learning by self-assessing. In this activity, we will explore strategies for articulating clear success criteria and  helping students self-assess their progress toward meeting learning objectives.

 

Handing Over Ownership to Students

Essential Question:  How do teachers intentionally create a classroom environment in which students feel compelled to take ownership of their learning?

Throughout this TLC, we’ve explored various practices for increasing student ownership. In this module, we provide several more resources and examples selected to help you think about what the “next level” might be for you in terms of student ownership. The practices selected for inclusion here represent a few possible next steps that you might choose to explore in your classroom as you truly “let go.”