Motivational Brain Bite #5

25 08 2009

Twenty ways to transfer ownership to learners:

brain1. Give learners a choice on the length of a break

2. Provide a bank of homework or test problems and let the learners choose which to complete

3. Occasionally allow learners to choose their groups

4. Provide a list of assignments to pick from

5. Provide a list of project or discussion topics to pick from

6. Show the planned activities for the day and let learners vote on the order they will take place

7. Freedom of choice in the seating arrangement

8. Ask learners to help plan a sequence of lessons and activities

9. Let the learners have a choice in HOW to respond to some questions, skit, paper, presentation, etc…

10. Let some learners present material with which they are comfortable

11. Give the learners a chance to “personalize” materials by doodling, drawing on, or decorating

12. Let learners present a review lesson for learners who were previously absent

13. Provide time for learners to produce and choose where to hang visual materials in the classroom

14. Let learners arrange the room

15. If the learners had been talking in groups about a list of terms let them choose what order to discuss them.

16. Provide multiple strategies to solve a problem or handle a situation and let the learners choose which to use.

17. Ask learners how long they think they need to complete an assignment and honor it as the due date

18. In advance, let learners help plan how an assignment will be assessed

19. Be frank and TELL the learners that you would like to provide them with some ownership, then…

20. Ask the learners how you could help provide more ownership in the classroom!

You may be surprised at the power of some of these techniques!

Some of these techniques require careful facilitation on the part of teacher but they are well worth the effort. One of our favorite quotes is:

“Don’t let your ability to CONTROL a class overcome your ability to TEACH the class!”

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