If you were to ask your staff what does quality learning look like in your classroom, what would they say?
When I asked my own staff, it was almost unanimous with one word…ENGAGING.
Of course, quality learning must be engaging because Engaged Kids are Inspired Kids.
When we have kids who are inspired to learn, then it makes our jobs easier. If you really think about it, all of the words on the list involve engagement.
CHALLENGING. Kids are highly engaged in their own learning when they are challenged by the teacher. They think it is a game and want to win!! (Same goes for challenging adults!) EXCITING. Everyone wants their learning to be exciting no matter how old you are! No one said learning couldn’t be FUN. MEMORABLE. If learning is fun and exciting, then it will surely be memorable. The first activity at my new school was a community scavenger hunt. It was the most fun I’ve ever had at a PD, and I learned so much about my new team members. VALUABLE. A scavenger hunt was not the purpose of the learning, but learning who was on my team was valuable. MEANINGFUL. Learning is meaningful for all learners when there is a purpose. Someone leading the learning has told me “why” so I now know it is important and ESSENTIAL. The learning needs to be DIFFERENTIATED to meet the individual learning styles and needs so the learner can ACHIEVE.
Quality Learning is ENGAGING but as Learners Ourselves…
Remember…It is so much MORE!