Today I asked my year 9 class, who are doing a project on Surviving Prejudice based on The Cay by Theodore Taylor, to record the details of some flipped learning and then work in groups to complete some activities from a Blooms/Gardner’s matrix. We had spent 20 minutes reading the novel before this.
As I roamed around the class to see how they were doing I noticed that some were reading the novel still, some were working on their flipped learning and some were working on the matrix.
Ignoring my instructions?!
At first I was disgruntled that they were not all doing the matrix as expected but then I realised that all were engaged with the project in some way and I needed to relax and let them take charge of their learning process. They have due dates for all activities so I needed to trust them to complete the work on their own terms.
Getting used to 21C styles
This is a part of 21Century learning and it is exciting to know that there is freedom for our learners to engage in a way that suits them, as a teacher I need to relax and trust the process.