I was thinking long and hard about some of the best real life learning experiences I’ve seen over the years and it’s always been the ones where kids have had choice. Sometimes kids know what they are good at and other times they listen to others to tell them. It’s been my experience that kids need to be taught what to look for. I don’t necessarily mean in a look and see way, but more in a self reflection way. Why is this important? When kids become more reflective and are given opportunities to try new things and/or practice things that they like doing, their learning soars!
In my first post on Real Life Learning (if you missed it click here), I talked about all the things that I wanted for my students in their learning experiences. This is deeper learning my friends. Rich, engaging learning experiences. I’m talking about flipping my role as a teacher and being more of a facilitator. What do you think about those possibilities?
You might ask yourself, but how will they learn if I don’t teach them? You will be teaching them! It just looks differently and you spend less time talking and more time being a part of their learning.