Empowering Learners

Sometimes an assignment just doesn’t feel right to a student — maybe it doesn’t “click” with their interests for a variety of reasons.  But as teachers/learning facilitators we may not know that students feel that way about the assignment until the assignment has been completed.  This semester even though I’ve worked on putting more of the learning activities into the hands of students, there are still some structured assignments that I’ve created.  And while I (obviously) believe the assignments are solid and that they meet the learning objectives, some students may want more and some may want something different.

In her blog post, Dr. Meggin McIntosh, offers a strategy that can provide a way for students to (a) express any reservations they have  prior to beginning the assignment and (b) propose an alternate assignment that meets the same learning objectives.  I’m looking forward to incorporating this idea into future classes.  Check it out here:  Eliminate Complaints about Assignments.

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