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Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create

Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Students are more likely to engage with a unit of study they've co-created. Matt Levinson suggests an eight-step example for how the history classroom.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 25, 2014 7:46 PM

How can we get students more engaged in units of study? What if we design our class so that they have ownership from the beginning of the unit? This post explores this issue, and although the focus is on social studies you could use the same steps in other curricular areas. What are the steps?

1. "Partner students and have them do a speed search on the topic." What can they find in 12 - 15 minutes? Let them generate a list of interest.

2. "Decision by debate." Change partners. Allow them 3 minutes to discuss and rank the topics by interest.

3. "Main characters." Switch partners again. In history you might be looking at key individuals, or key battles in a conflict.

There are five more steps that will help students learn to collaborate, analyze perspectives, co-create with you (as the teacher your job is to  make sure that all key areas are covered and help create the framework as well as providing additional input where necessary), and more.

This type of process allows the students to be engaged and have their voices heard from the beginning....a win-win situation in the classroom.

Heather MacDonald's curator insight, June 25, 2014 7:52 PM

Designing anything is only worthy if the "end user" has input.  This is a brilliant adaptation of that design philosophy.  And how can you resist the power in the eyes of this little girl?!

Anne Pascucci, MPA, CRA's curator insight, June 26, 2014 10:29 AM

Great work~

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How Students Can Create Animated Movies to Teach Each Other

How Students Can Create Animated Movies to Teach Each Other | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
In addition to learning our content and curriculum standards, today's students also need to be able to do the following effectively: collaborate with one another, synthesize ideas, create content, ...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 17, 2014 5:35 AM

Have you seen an RSA Animate video? Are you interested in learning how to make one or better yet, have your students make one? This post provides an in-depth look at how to go about have your students create an animated video that provides them with the opportunity to  practice 21st century skills (quoted from post below):

* collaborate with one another

* synthesize ideas

* create content

* communicate ideas clearly

* use technology

This activity is designed to have your students create content, providing you with materials to use in future classes as well as helping your current students understand the materiial.

The author, Jordan Collier, provides a detailed five-day plan. Day 1 would have you dividing students into groups of three, assign them a section of a chapter in a textbook, and determine the key facts that need to be taught. To read about how to assist them with this and the tasks for Day 2 - 5 click through to the post.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, January 18, 2014 7:46 AM

Great one

Eduardo Wegman's curator insight, January 19, 2014 10:29 AM

Collaboration is the key for future society development