Ask Them These 4 Questions
I just read this article written by Steven Anderson. I have met Steven at several conferences, in Miami for instance, and I appreciate his writing. Here are the 4 questions he suggests you ask your students every lesson you have. It makes sense to take time to do this. In our school we have block scheduling, one subject a day (sometimes two, no more), so we have ample time to do this. I suggest using a Padlet to set it up. Look below for how I would do this. I like the last question here the most. How would I communicate what I have learned to others? That is what we are doing in my class when we write our blogs. They share their learning and communicate with others, hopefully discussing and learning more.
Extracts from the article here:
What is my next learning step? As part of the overall lesson, we need to not only focus on the before and during but the after as well. Students should know where on their overall learning path they are and where they are going next. This is a critical step for them to make the necessary connections to content to make learning visible
How would I communicate what I’ve learned to others? Students need to not only understand but to participate in communicating their learning with others, beyond their desk and the walls of their classroom. That communication can come in a variety of forms like blog posts, websites, podcasts, videos, etc. The medium is dependent on what students are sharing.