The 2016 Gallup Poll of Students asked nearly a million tweens and teens in grades 5-12 about engagement in learning. The results were not encouraging, writes author Patti Drapeau. Teachers need to move beyond the “what” of engagement to focus on the “why.”
Category: Empowered Students
Rather than “covering” a curriculum with instruction that’s driven by the chapters in a textbook, Diana Fenton and Nancy Van Erp advocate student centered standards-based lesson planning, relying on frameworks like Understanding by Design and concept-based teaching.
Educators can create classrooms where students control their own learning and still meet the demands of a Common Core curriculum, says middle grades teacher Pernille Ripp, author of “Passionate Learners: Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students.”
The greatest gift we can give our students is the confidence and know-how to teach themselves. Joseph Ball shares a project that does just that.