What do we want? OWNERSHIP! When do we want it? NOW!" Okay, the learners in your class may not be voicing these protest chants or rallying outside the classroom, but this doesn't mean they aren't thinking that way. Regardless of whether protests happen or not, does this mean we, as teachers, should ignore a great strategy for motivating and engaging our students? In my opinion, the answer is an emphatic NO.
is one of my Six Degrees Of Contemplation™
and is an integral component of my Allen Key Teaching Philosophy™
). I have been implementing this teaching strategy for a number of years and have reaped the rewards in a variety of outcomes - motivated students, engaged learners, minimal behaviour management issues - to name a few.
Dr Robert Brooks in his blog, "Nurturing Ownership and Responsibility: A Vital Ingredient Of A Positive School
discusses reasons for including learner ownership as an integral component of classroom and school management. Can it work? How do you implement this strategy? What do I and the class / group gain from this
approach? Questions! Questions! And more questions! Sit back, relax and I'll explain how I implemented my ownership model. Watch the video below to hear what a past student has to say about this strategy.