Looking at student work
‘Looking at student work’, the focus in the Deeper Learning MOOC this week, has me reminded of a project I have been working on this school year.
I teach in an inquiry learning elementary school (PYP), an environment which facilitates and empowers deeper learning very effectively. As I have explored inquiry in the classroom, I have noticed that I do far less teaching and far more documentation.
Students engaged in authentic learning shouldn’t be bothered by standards or specific learning outcomes, yet they constantly accomplish them. As a teacher, I see myself more as a learning documentarian seeking out evidence of their learning as they inquire into their interests and curiosities.
Google Doc experiment
In order to document learning according to an established continuum, I devised a shared google document which allows teachers to document learning individually for each student and can be used by any stake holder to review like a portfolio. It’s still experimental, but I can already see how it is helping to maintain a balance between student-driven learning and traditional learning outcomes or standards.