What Does Student-Led Learning Look Like?
There are two pillars of improvement at Wakefield School:
Collaborative teaching is highly visible. It exists in the teachers working in teams, in how we call the learning spaces by team names ahead of room numbers, in learning conferences where more than one teacher is present; in learning activities that spread across multiple spaces, and so on.
But how visible is ‘co-constructed learning’? Co-constructed learning happens when teachers don’t know all the outcomes they want from a topic or activity before they begin teaching it. Children are able to influence the direction and results by shaping the activity to their own needs and strengths, and to the challenges and opportunities they can identify. It’s where children lead their own learning, becoming more independent as they do.
This is not always visible to parents and observers, so here are some ways you can spot children leading their learning:
There are many, many more ways that children can, and do, lead their learning. The key thing behind all this is a shift from the traditional view of children as learners in preparation to one where children are learners in action.
Here’s a lovely example of a learner in action - this is Leah’s story about her dad that she worked on to improve:
I laughed at my Dad, he was standing next to a pig, the pig shook his head and mud went all over my dad’s forehead. It was hilarious, we had to laugh at him. He had to go to the boys toilets to wash it off. I cracked up so hard.
Lovely! Have a great week.
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