I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of personalised learning and how to set it up so different people learn differently. If we can encourage curiosity and provide engaging contexts we can have students pursuing their own goals.
Our next unit is about how our changing understanding of energy effects living things. I think this a pretty great unit for students to start exploring their own interests. We are asking them (for at least three times every week) to work on a problem they see connected to our central idea. At first we had some issues if we needed to provide different problems for students to explore, however, after some talking to colleagues we agreed that we would let students pick their own problems.
We used forms to ask students what they thought a problem might be, we lumped the big ideas surrounding each problem together and a teacher will take a group with related problems together. Students can decide to work in either groups or on their own to pursue this idea.
It starts on Monday, really looking forward to it. Any ideas for things they might be able to create?