Giving Compass’ Take:
• In this Getting Smart post, author Tiffany Wycoff discusses the benefits of personalized and blended learning, putting more power into the hands of students to shape their classroom experience.
• What can educators and those in school policy do to encourage more of this co-creator atmosphere?
Instead of walking into a carefully designed class that’s adorned with decorations and already set class rules, students are experiencing something new on the first day of school.
They are now setting up their own classrooms alongside teachers. It’s one important way innovative teachers are instilling agency in their students from the start.
In the book I co-authored — Blended Learning in Action — we outlined agency as one of the hallmarks of effective practice and defined it as “the act of giving learners opportunities to participate in key decisions in their learning experience.” We can set this expectation on day one by letting students actually act and exert their voice on their own environment.
I’ve seen this in both my own classroom experience and my work with other schools through LINC, the consultancy I co-founded. Setting up the room together noticeably builds a positive class culture that touches on the five hallmarks of effective blended learning practice: Personalization, Agency, Audience, Creativity, and Connectivity (PAACC).
Read the full article about why students should co-create the classroom by Tiffany Wycoff at Getting Smart.
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