Today we read the articles our team members posted about giving students choices and choice of expression. After skimming the articles we discussed and debated the following items:
- Students need to make their own choices, if teachers always give them the answers they will not have the problem solving skills students will need when they go out into the real world!
- Students have problems recognizing consequences for some of the choices they make
- Adults have to make choices all the time, students should experience this as well
How we can Approach this In Our Own Classrooms?:
- Convergence is giving us more opportunities to give choices. Creating environments where we can utilize different elements.
-Comparing and Contrasting using Venn Diagrams, this gives students the opportunities to make choices.
- Instructional practice is helped from the article: Students who are having an argument have the talk it out together, have them choose the appropriate consequence for their actions.
Brainstorming... What We Can Try in the Future:
- encourage creativity, compare and contrast, give student wait time, have students jot down notes about their thinking so students are able to think before giving an answer, purpose lesson, teachers and administrators should understand wait time and students talk (giving students that opportunity to share their thinking and learn from one another.)
Possible Obstacles that may Arise...:
- When students are given a question to discuss and then wait time it is always possible for the entire class to go...Silent! Students are waiting for teacher to figure it out or give hints... since we started with play we think this might help students with making choices and working with their group, preparation is key!
For next time:
-"Are we Raising a Generation of Helpless Kids?" is an article Monica said she is going to post... she says we may find a lot of relevant information in it!
- Bring examples of student artifacts/videos of how we give students choices
- Let Marcus and Sean know if you need them to video tape!