One New Strategy I Implemented This Year

October 2nd, 2016 by Maria Eby

One new strategy I have put into place this year is to have students take turns facilitating the class.  We are in the middle of a large project right now.  If I need to teach a mini-lesson I do, then I turn the classroom over to a student.  This student spends some time visiting each team and coaching them if/when needed.  This student clears up and misunderstandings and asks higher level questions. This has been a huge success.  The kids are all very eager to serve as a facilitator and take great joy in getting a chance to “strut their stuff”.   Student ownership of our classroom is very strong, and they are showing a true commitment to keeping our classroom challenging, engaging and productive.  The less they need me, the more successful we all feel.

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