- Education is changing and a new pedagogy is emerging. It requires students to be at the center of learning. Providing opportunities for student to have a voice in their learning by providing choices will inspire and motivate students to learn. Having choices will give students an opportunity I feel our job as teachers is to guide, mentor, and act as facilitators in the classroom. The student centered learning model provides this environment for students.
- Giving student choices on assignments is part of a student centered learning environment. It validates students' participation in learning. Choices in learning individualize and personalizes learning for students. It provides an opportunity for students to pursue their interests and produces engaged students.
- Reflection is a form of student voice. I think reflection is very powerful and leads to deeper learning. Both students and teachers need to reflect on their work. Teachers should reflect on their lessons and build upon what works and change what doesn't. Students should be given the time to reflect on their work so they can personally assess what they did well and what areas need improvement.
- As I reflect in my personal application of student choice in my classroom, I find that many times my students will navigate towards the familiar. I appreciate week 4 of DLMOOC panel discussion. The panel was asked if there is value in encouraging students to look at new materials to expose then to different things. The panel confirmed the need for teachers to stimulate curiosity and expose students to new ideas and learning. This implies carefully designing opportunities to get students exciting about exploring new ideas and learning.
- Teacher to student relationships is important to promoting engagement and encouraging learning, and student success. Listening to students and respecting their voice will help. Giving students the time to formulate their questions and explanations will validate their learning. The M.U.S.I.C. model for motivating students includes the "C"in which the students believes that teachers care about whether they meet the class objectives.
- Dr. Brett D. Jones provides an overview of student-teacher relationships. He concludes with an explanation of the M.U.S.I.C. model for motivating students. The "C" refers a student's belief that the teachers cares about whether they meet the class objectives.
Teachers need to show creativity and passion in order to build an environment that inspires students to learn. I think teachers need professional development to keep passion in teaching. Teachers need to continuously pursue professional development to learn and acquire knowledge that will help them in the classroom. Today's connected world allows on demand and free access to resources for teachers to gain professional development. Teachers can use these resources to build and tailor a professional learning network that can help fuel their passion and help them inspire students to learn.
- Inspiring students through well planned learning experiences will help students become excited and curious about what they are learning. The more Interdisciplinary learning is the more opportunities for engagement and success our students will have. Sir Ken Robinson offers his thoughts on improving our classrooms. He has many ideas and presents them in a humorous and engaging fashion. Many of his ideas support the idea of student voices in learning.