Students lead learning & set task criteria


Today my students agreed on criteria for the completion of a mini research task. They had a vote on the required minimum and maximum wordcount and the number of visual images. Students agreed that this number would vary depending upon the modality of the research task; between 5 – 20 images … yes, 20 hmmm, well, it was up to them! Tomorrow they will unpack, and agree upon – what makes an A, B, C grade etc. (Of course with some scaffolding from me). It was interesting today to listen to them conduct votes and argue their point re why there should be a particular word count – minimum 400 words & maximum 500 words. Particularly interesting was the vast majority’s demand that the task has an achievable but challenging wordcount and that they even “howled down” (politely) a suggestion that it should be 100 words and, could argue why. A very cool moment … 🙂


About Kate Pill

I am a Secondary School teacher who is passionate about developing students' ability to answer the "who, what, when, why, how, what if and what next" questions over the course of their learning. A "mature starter" (read as - late!) to the teaching game, I am still developing my IT street smarts. This blog will chart my own journey through the metacognition landscape as I facilitate my students' understanding of not only WHAT they are learning but HOW they are learning it. Wish me luck!

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