Thursday, September 06, 2007
One way to really engage students
I just read this great post on teaching and learning by Science teacher Yvonne Sanders called iTeach - iLearn. She is reflecting on a series of lessons where the students are learning by being given the challenge to teach their Year 8 classmates as part of the unit. And by the sounds of it they were. And it makes sense. We know as teachers that if you want to learn something new the best way is to research it knowing you will be teaching it. This sharpens the mind considerably, and just think of the engagement for the students knowing they have an authentic audience in their peers. And so Yvonne's question became "why not?" She reflects on her conclusions about her students: "Not to underestimate them. Always engage them. Include them in planning." Makes sense to me. Please read the whole post. It is inspiring.