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Fall 2017 TLC: Increasing Student Ownership of Learning

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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 of the resources used in the Fall 2017 TLC Increasing Student Ownership of Learning.


Continuous Growth: Developing a Question

The purpose of this two-week activity is to become familiar with Schoology, as well as to take the time to consider the themes introduced at the opening meeting, and reflect on the direction your work will take in this TLC. What are your strengths when it comes to helping students take ownership in their learning and make meaning of learning targets, success criteria, reflection and their next learning steps?


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. How might you encourage students to embrace academic risk taking?


Engaging Students with Feedback

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

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

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.”