This category is about building in the student the sense that they are central to the learning process, and that it belongs to them. Shifting more and more away from the teacher making all the choices to sharing the decision-making with the student.
Ownership over their learning journey should include...
making choices about learning
reflecting on progress
MAKE REFLECTION A HABIT
Start the day or class off with an online check-in form for students to report on how they, answer a ‘question of the day’, and/or request help.
SHARE A PERFORMANCE SCALE
Use an established scale (like 1-4 or 😊😐😟) for students to assess their performance. Use a shared Google Doc for students to contribute to a shared definition and examples for each level. Shared development of the meaning of the scale offers student investment.
Use a YouTube Playlist to share video resources for the Habits of Mind to build awareness of student strengths and areas to work on. When students are reflecting, have a Google Doc that forces a copy with sentence starters to help guide their thinking.
LET THEM PRIORITIZE CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
Use a Google Classroom Poll or Kahoot to poll the students on the order of activities in the daily schedule when possible. When there is a transparent majority, then there is less complaining about a decision. Also, when there is some control over the design of the day, then there is a sense of self-efficacy that they can do something about it if they don't like it.
OFFER OPPORTUNITIES FOR OWNERSHIP
Use a shared Google Doc or a board for Sticky Notes for students to a goal about their learning each week. Each goal can have 3-4 action steps that they are held accountable for to make their goal happen. Accountability buddies are a great additional support system too.