Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age
by Alan November
Solution Tree (May 21, 2012)
I'm reading the Kindle Edition
My brain is going in two different directions as I read this book.
1. (the young side of my brain) Well, duh. You long ago gave away sole responsibility for hallway and classroom displays. Why not take the next logical step and do the same thing with learning and teaching?
2. (the greying side of my brain) I don't know enough about all of these digital tools! When will I have time to learn them all before I teach them to my students??! I don't have access to enough iPads or laptops to make this work! (answer from young side: Quit hyperventilating. You know very well that all you need to do is turn students loose with technology and they will figure it out. And weren't you paying attention? You can do all of this...or at least get started...with just one laptop and one iPad. That's do-able.)
Questions for Discussion, Chapter 1
"2. What first steps might you take in building a learning community where your students take on more responsibility for contributing to the learning of the class?"
- Reinvent my classroom jobs to include Scribe and Researcher. I wonder if I could have my Researcher monitor/add to the class Twitter feed throughout the day?
- Resurrect my class wiki and turn it over to the students to manage. Learn just enough about podcasting and screencasting to teach my students (if they even need to be taught) and give it over. Frankly, the biggest barrier I felt/imagined was the amount of time it would take ME to manage the wiki.
- Start a class blog that goes out to the world.
- Don't grade -- don't even offer extra credit points for -- any creative project that contributes to the learning of the whole class. Remember, "Students teaching students is a powerful method for building learning and driving creativity and innovation."
Questions for Discussion, Chapter 2
"1. As an educator, can you name some specific types of lessons or topics that would be particularly well suited for student tutorials?"
Short answer: Yes. Lots of them.
New thinking: Perhaps the next step after a guided lesson with students who are struggling with a topic is to ask them to create a tutorial.
Here are a few possible Language Arts tutorials (guided lessons I taught with small groups) I can think of off the top of my head:
- making plurals with nouns that end in vowel-y and consonant-y (word study)
- cause and effect (reading nonfiction)
- summarizing (reading fiction and nonfiction)
- revising a poem for line breaks (writing)
Cathy (Reflect and Refine) is hosting today's conversation about WHO OWNS THE LEARNING? Thank you to her, and to Jill Fisch (My Primary Passion) and Laura Komos (Ruminate and Invigorate) for bringing us together to have these important conversations.
(A note about my post -- I deliberately did not read anyone else's posts before writing mine. I'm anxious to see how my thinking is the same as and different from everyone else's!)