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3 Ways to Empower Students and Encourage Them to Take Ownership of Their Learning

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3 Ways to Empower Students and Encourage Them to Take Ownership of Their Learning

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Margot Valles
3 Ways to Empower Students and Encourage Them to Take Ownership of Their Learning

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Margot Valles

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1. Invite student input into the course syllabus

 

2. Have students describe their learning

 

3. Make students partners in the assessment of their learning

 

SPECIFIC STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES

 

1. Invite student input into the course syllabus:

Obviously, there are things students cannot change about your syllabus but there are probably some things that they could change. You could ask students If they have ideas for making the attendance policy more fair or inclusive, if they think assignments are weighted appropriately, or if there are texts they'd like to read.

 

2. Have students describe their learning:

Replace a traditional assignment with one of the following reflective activities: 1) Ask students to describe something they’ve learned 2) Ask students to describe how their mind has changed about a course concept, or 3) Ask students to describe some ways in which what they are learning in class is connected to their life outside of class.

 

3. Make students partners in the assessment of their learning

You are the final word on their grades, but students can be your partner in evaluating learning. Here are two ways to do this: 1) Ask students to grade themselves on either an assignment or the course as a whole and explain their choice. 2) Ask students to help create the grading rubric for a qualitative assignment.

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