Friday, August 27, 2010

Student Learning Manifesto


My goal for my students this year is to require them to be more reflective with their learning experiences. I have spent the first week of school having my students create a Student Learning Manifesto. Here is a link to the post for the students. 

Here is Kiley explaining her manifesto. 
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I am having my students share their work this year on Grou.ps. You can check out our grou.ps here. The best manifesto (so far) was written by Yolanda. I was very impressed by her critical, reflective thinking and plan on using this as a student example for the other students.

I have decided to be much more transparent with my reflections this year as well. I will be posting (hopefully) weekly reflections of my teaching and learning. Maybe you would like to join me?

10 comments:

John Hadley Strange said...

Yes. Where shall I add mine? I will certainly post them on the EDM310 Blog. Shall I add a link here as an additional comment to this post? Or a comment below your weekly post with a link to my weekly post?

Are you doing one for your graduate class as well?

Wm Chamberlain said...

A comment with a link would be great. I really didn't consider having my EDUC 210 students do one, but I think I will. I still have not reconciled teaching in two different situations. I have to be able to segment them at a certain level, but I also need to fuse them together since they both really are the same class.

Garrett said...

I think this technique for students is a good learning building block in life. On of the most important things to instill into a young student's mind is that he or she can, in fact, be the support behind the success that comes with self-diligence. Once a student or even any individual realizes that the drive for success comes from within, then no task will be out of reach; and with the technology today, the sky truly is the limit....or is it?

Katherine Kirby said...

I think the student manifesto is a very productive idea. It will get your students to consider more frequently how to succeed in school by being able to set goals and standards and to realize why they set them. I know many people who have set goals for themselves but too many times it seems they don't really know why they set the goal or it is something out of their reach. Many people I've seen, set goals based on what others think their goals should be and not, necessarily, what they want to do. What grade do you teach?

Wm Chamberlain said...

Katherine, your observation is important. I tried to get the students to consider weaknesses they need to address and yet some still wrote what was easy. Many did take the assignment seriously and hopefully will continue to reflect on how they can become better learners. I am teaching 8th grade students this semester.

Donna Gill's EDM 310 said...

The Student Manifesto is a fascinating. To have students focus on their weaknesses and then set goals to improve upon them is a very good idea. I think it will help the students to realize their potential when they fulfill a goal.

Also, on the grou.ps. page, I really like the quote under the Share box that says, "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." I think this statement is VERY true.

Katherine Kirby said...

Well congratulations and I hope your students continue to take this seriously and become better learners. Hopefully everyone involved can learn something and become better with setting goals that pose a task but not one that is impossible.

Morgan Mohler said...

I think that The Student Manifesto is a really good idea to get students even more involved in their learning! I feel that it is very important for students to learn at a young age that they need to set goals for themselves. These goals should be both challenging and realistic. By asking them to come up with their own it really allows them to identify their areas of strengths and weaknesses. I also like the quote on the grou.ps. page that says "Involve me and I learn." When I become a teacher one day I plan on trying to get the students involved in as much hands on learning as possible because I think that the more kids actually do with the material, the more information they retain about it.

Wm Chamberlain said...

@Morgan Hands-on learning is great, but minds-on learning is better. Having students think about what they are learning and reflecting on what they have learned will make a huge difference with our students.

Kayla (Perkins) Beck said...

Hi, my name is Kayla Beck. I am an EDM 310 student from University of South Alabama. I will be following your blogs for the next couple of weeks. According to your blog: I think that teaching them to be more reflective in their work is a wonderful idea. So many times we learn things and quickly forget them after the topic has been tested on. It is great that they are starting on making manifestos so soon, that way they can keep it and have something to reflect on later. I think it is also great that you also are reflecting. It is so much easier for them make the time to reflect when their teacher is also doing the same thing. It is good for the students to have a model doing the same thing they are. Watch out, soon they might be keeping you accountable for being reflective too!