As the spring arrives and we begin to prepare for the conclusion of the year, we should continue to think about ways in which we can include our students in the learning process. Can they help determine ways to review material? What about having them make a portfolio of their best work from the year? How can we continue to help them understand their learning styles and teach them accordingly?
See the attached strategies for ways to include students within Language Arts and Mathematics classes.
Students are not passive receptacles to fill with information. They come to class with their own frames of reference. Their unique experiences and knowledge affect them as learners and should be taken into account. Therefore, during every exercise, teachers should accept student input as much as possible. They should justify assignments, accept suggestions, solicit ideas, and provide ample time for students to share ideas. Teachers should include students in assessing their own progress by reviewing test results, written reports, and educational plans. Creating and improvising opportunities to involve students in the learning process allows students to become aware of how they learn and why certain skills benefit them. As a result, students are motivated and more likely to apply those skills when working independently. In short, an included student becomes an invested student who is eager to learn.
For the full text of Landmark’s Six Teaching Principles™, including “Include Students in the Learning Process,” click here.
Mathematics: Test Review
This activity allows students to reflect on what they did well and determine strategies for the future.Download
English / Language-Arts: Writing Portfolio
This form allows students to see their progress and evaluate their own work.Download
This blank version of the teacher feedback form can be used with students.
General Classroom Strategy: Include Students in the Learning Process
Five approaches to including students in the learning process.Download
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