I'm just reading Jeffrey Wilhelm's new book (with Michael Smith) called Going with the Flow: How to engage boys and girls in their Literacy Learning. It's full of good ideas for learning that is authentic, social and inquiry based. Just thought I'd share this excerpt:
Principles for making it Social
- Create a context of inquiry, whether for a lesson or a unit.
- Ask a significant question or pose a real problem.
- Connect the question/problem to the material, to student lives and to the world.
- Pose questions or problems that must be addressed from a number of perspectives.
- Foster debate; consider, read, and discuss these multiple points of view.
- Create situations in which students can read, write, talk, role-play, and make things together that address various facets of the question or problem.
- Provide time for exploration.
I try to do these things in my classroom already, as so many of us do, but it is good to be reminded. Even though it is not even the start of Term 4 (still another week of holidays!) there is a need to prepare for next year and the new curriculum opportunities that arise for us then, especially at our school where so many changes will be happening in 2007.