What Are Students Learning?

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What Are Students Learning?

"More help one-on-one to make sure we understand. Teachers need to take that initiative. W'd be more interested and would learn better."Andrew & Drew, grade 9 "The act of teaching requires deliberate interventions to ensure that there is cognitive change in the student." John Hattie, Visible Learning For Teachers

Our Ideas & Inquiry as We Continue:1) With a consistent focus on learning goals, how will the learning and the class environment change? The Plan: Students will focus on discussing and self-assessing their progress, as related to the class learning goals.2) What differences in student learning will occur with continued attention to student thinking? The Plan: Begin the semester with specific, targeted & ongoing discussions with students about their thinking.3) When student feedback is timely, precise, and directly related to the learning, then students will value the learning experience. The Plan: Track progress and gather data with teacher(s).-------


So, What Are Students REALLY Thinking About Their Learning?and How To Get Them ThinkingAbout It.

In Our Learning Journey

Where We Started...

1) Two grade nine classes; 2) One keen teacher, whose first question was "I wonder if we can". . .3) One very reluctant teacher, with lots of preconceived opinions about his class. But he hasn't given up yet!And . . .4) One key question:"What can we learn from you (the students), about how you learn best?"

What Inspired Me: A BIG Ah-ha Moment!!

"Teach students the way they learn best. Teach in different ways depending on how each student learns. Everyone learns differently, so if we had more options for assignments, it would work for the style in which we learn." Bronwyn & Emily, grade 9"[Teaching] which focuses on improving classroom instruction and adopting processes [to turn learning] into a precise, validated, data-driven expert activity that can respond to the learning needs of individual students." Michael Fullan, Breakthrough

"We can tell when a teacher cares or not. If they care, it helps me care more about my learning." Blythe, grade 9"If students sense that they are not welcome, accepted, or supported in the classroom, it is unlikely that they will engage in classroom activities. When students are engaged, they tend to think about a topic frequently and in-depth." Marzano, The Highly Engaged Classroom

Teachers need to understand that 'rushing' through chapters & units doesn't make us understand. We need to take our time. More time to discuss the topics." Lakesha & Blythe, grade 9"My advice - slow down!! Slow down and find out who knows what. Get kids to tell you what they're thinking."Lucy West, Culture of Classroom Discourse

Students' Ah-ha Moments!



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