Category Archives: Inquiry based learning
Letting go of the worksheet–letting the students shine
What does 21st Century learning mean to you? That is the question for our #peel21st community “blog hop.” Check out my response below then hop on over to someone else’s site listed at the bottom of this post.
A few weeks ago, I overheard one of my vocational students say, “This class drains me.” I knew how she felt. Frankly, I never want to create or mark another worksheet.
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Worksheets = control + carrot + stick
I jumped in with both feet when I returned to the classroom this fall in my academic classes—passion projects, inquiries, social media and lots of tech tools. It’s been fun and very challenging. However, I was scared to try student-centred learning with my needier students that are less predictable or motivated.
“Just do it!” I told myself. So we recently started an inquiry on stars followed by learning by creating models of galaxies and other deep-space features. We definitely need to work on community norms and teamwork, but I already see more light in their eyes and smiles on their faces. I’ll never go back to worksheets.
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