Who’s in Charge of the Learning?

Question Mark Graffiti

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Bilal Kamoon

“Beyond all sciences, philosophies, theologies, and histories, a child’s relentless inquiry is truly all it takes to remind us that we don’t know as much as we think we know.”  – Criss Jami

One of the most important lessons I am learning on my journey to personalise learning for my students is about questioning. Developing great questions to lead the learning is a wonderful skill but developing great prompts so that kids ask the questions is the greatest skill, it leads to kids owning the learning.

This is about giving up control, as you may not be prepared for the questions that kids ask, which ultimately means you may not have the answers…..isn’t that GREAT!

When we as teachers ask all the questions we maintain the power and control and we take charge of the learning experience.

When students ask the questions, they are the ones in charge of the learning and can we move towards a pedagogy that is more self-directed and our kids start developing ownership and responsibility for their OWN learning.

How do you support your students to take ownership of their learning?

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