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Student choice

Andrea introduces the idea of how improving student ownership can be achieved.

In this video, Andrea suggests a strategy to increase student ownership, motivation and learning by allowing the students to move forward in their learning from the point they are at.

If used well this approach can exemplify our key principles from Week 1 and help us to support and challenge all students to achieve the highest levels of learning.

The strategies underpinning this idea are:

  • Having a menu of tasks linked to progressive learning intentions
  • Working with students to identify their appropriate starting points

The menu of tasks we are suggesting is a “pyramid of learning” [DOCX] [PDF]:

Pyramid of learning

In the next step you will see Kate R using a pyramid of learning with her class. We will ask you to observe and reflect on how she implemented it and consider ways in which you could adapt and use this idea.


What do you think the potential challenges and benefits of giving students a choice of activities are?
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