As we head into the end of the school year, I’ve done a lot of reflecting on the content I was able to finish this year. I am fortunate in that I don’t have standardized testing to worry about and that my principal is very “hands-off” and lets me try new things with my class.
We’re down to 3 weeks before exams and I decided that I’ve taught enough this year. I’m going to be letting my students direct their own learning on a topic of their choice. They still have to apply it to chemistry, but apart from that, it is totally up to them.
I got this idea from Jabiz Raisdana (twitter @intrepidteacher) as he posted links to student surveys and questionnaires during their chosen unit of study. He was kind enough to send me links to his own unit plan for turning the learning over to the students.
I do have to admit, I am terrified of this backfiring totally…like riding a bike without using the handlebars. But, I have faith in my students and that they’ve learned enough about their own learning styles to really grab on to this project. You can follow the updates from my class website if you’re interested in seeing my framework. I’m sure it will also inspire multiple blog posts over the next couple of weeks as I figure out if this was a good idea or not.