My inquiry project this year involves a co-constructed 11 English course which involves student choice, not assessment, paving the way for quality learning experiences…this is the thinking anyway. I also hope to see results improve as students take responsibility for their own learning.
So another teacher of the same level and I have selected a broad theme and will present students with an introduction to the theme. They will then work in groups and as a whole class to co-construct a learning pathway which incorporates all elements of the 11 ENG course.
My students are an ‘advanced’ class but are mixed ability and still have specific learning needs. The challenge I’m facing at the moment is striking a balance between flexible and independent learning and teacher input. I feel like I’m still quite controlling and am trying hard to allow this to change.
Today, we discussed aspects of the theme that interested students and I intend to get them to create their own reading list and they have already created a class glossary and study guide for the first whole class text, The Scarlett Ibis. (Thanks to the wonderful Kailee Debired for this text suggestion).
So, next is the leap to free choice and flexibility, where students self direct their text choice and learning focus and I facilitate and model the steps for them.
Wish me luck!