I am doing a lot of action research about giving students opportunities to become meaningful contributors to their own learning, their learning community and society at large. Alan November and his thoughts on Digital Learning Farm: Students as Contributors, the six roles to empower learners and Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ book Curriculum21: Essential Education in a Changing World are the driving force behind me.
Read about Digital Learning Farm in action:
- Tutorial Designers- Empowered Learners- Contributors
- Taking Notes- Summarizing Information- 2nd Grade Style
- Backchannelingâ- Movie Watchingâ€¦ Note Taking- Information Scribes
- Students as Meaningful Contributors
As I am collaborating with teachers to create classroom job responsibilities that allow their students to make meaningful contributions, I wonder:
- What kind of jobs, responsibilities or contributions do YOU allow your students in your classroom?
- Are younger students (lower elementary) as capable as older students to be contributors to a classroom learning community?
- What is the difference between “classroom management” jobs (ex. pencil sharpener, line leader, attendance taker, etc.) and “learning management” jobs (ex. official scribe, tutorial designers, collaboration coordinator)?
- Do these responsibilities/contribution make a difference in your students’ learning?
If you have a few moments, please fill out the following survey to help me get an overview of what you are doing in YOUR classroom. I will share the results in a future blog post. Thank you in advance.