Decisions – owned by teachers or learners?

I started this morning by watching this clip:

It really spoke to me. It reminded me to listen. Even more. And think about each child’s needs. Even more.

It made me wonder how often teachers :

  • choose how learners learn.
  • choose if the floor, a chair, a desk, a space is the best place to sit.
  • sit on the floor themselves. (Would they like to be forced to sit on the floor – for extended periods of time ? Without moving. Without talking.)
  • choose which tools  which will be used to think.
  • select the tools  that will be used to collect information.
  •  decide when fun may be had.
  • dictate how straight each learner’s back should be.
  • what is “good enough”.

In Year 4 , we begin the year with a unit that is supposed to set the learners up for the year. It tells children that “Ownership of learning empowers us”.

I love the unit. It gives me reason to hand over the reins to learners and gives them direction and sense of responsibility. It spans the year. I hope that the unit is the basis for my learners’ future. And that they are given the rights to decide how to learn in ways that suit them.

What decisions could empower our learners even more?

Who should own the learning?

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About Jina Belnick

I am a full time learner - tumbling head first into education and joining my learners on the amazing adventures that we encounter daily at our PYP school in Melbourne, Australia.I am currently working in learning support, feeling the waters and seeing how teachers and learners are best supported, I am a listener and a leader, an inquirer and a follower. I'm loving the ride!
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