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Putting the Power of Questions in the Learners' Hands

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Starr Sackstein, @MsSackstein, shares a few strategies on developing self-directed learners using questions from her book, Power of Questioning.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 8, 2016 2:03 PM

Starr Sackstein, author of an upcoming book, "The Power of Questioning" shares her insights in empowering the learner to be the questioner.


"Empowering learners with the control of the questions, puts them in the driver’s seat of their journey and progress. They follow their interests and we trust them to develop more questions as they go, unraveling the possibilities in their learning. This is a great chance for learners and teachers to learn together rather than just in a one sided manner with the teacher in control of everything." - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2016/01/putting-power-of-questions-in-learners.html#sthash.Oj6ARYee.dpuf

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Personalization: Assessment AS Learning

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Assessment AS learning (Personalization) is based in research about how learning happens, and is characterized by learners reflecting on their own learning and making adjustments so that they achieve deeper understanding. The teacher’s role in promoting the development of independent learners through assessment as learning is to:


> model and teach the skills of self-assessment

> guide learners in setting goals, and monitoring their progress toward them

> provide exemplars and models of good practice and quality work that reflect curriculum outcomes

> work with learners to develop clear criteria of good practice

> guide learners in developing internal feedback or self-monitoring mechanisms to validate and question their own thinking, and to become comfortable with the ambiguity and uncertainty that is inevitable in learning anything new

> provide regular and challenging opportunities to practice, so that learners can become confident, competent self-assessors

> monitor learners’ metacognitive processes as well as their learning, and provide descriptive feedback

> create an environment where it is safe for learners to take chances and where support is readily available

 

Reporting in assessment AS learning is the responsibility of learners, who must learn to articulate and defend the nature and quality of their learning. When learners reflect on their own learning and must communicate it to others, they are intensifying their understanding about a topic, their own learning strengths, and the areas in which they need to develop further.

 


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Learner Voice = Authenticity in Learning

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Why does learner voice matter? Giving voice encourages learners to participate in their own learning and give them authenticity in learning.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, August 29, 2013 2:10 PM

Learner voice gives learners a chance to share their opinions about something they believe in. There are so many aspects of "school" and "learning" where learners have not been given the opportunity to be active participants. Giving them voice encourages them to participate in their own learning. Some learners, especially those that are concerned about extrinsic factors like grades, may not feel comfortable expressing their own opinions. Because of this concern, teachers have devised multiple ways to give learners their voice anonymously in surveys, group interviews, and in class discussions. Now it is time to look at learner voice and why it matters for all learners.