As educators we say that we are preparing students for the 21st century. Yet we may be severely limiting that preparation by not giving students real choices.
Do our students have a choice about
1) How they will present their learning? There are many Web 2.0 tools available today. The students’ presentation tool should not matter as long as they fully demonstrate their learning at a high level.
2) What topics they can use to demonstrate their learning? Do we give students a single topic? A choice from a list of topics? Or are students free to pursue their own topic?
3) What resources they use? Are they limited to printed material? Can they use Internet based resources such as contacting an “expert” via Skype? Can they use visual material such as photos from Flickr?
Our students will never be life-long learners for the 21st century century if we make the choices for them.
What choices do you give your students?
My book, Formative Assessment: Responding to Your Students, is available through Eye on Education.
Also, my book, Successful Student Writing Through Formative Assessment, is available through Eye on Education.