This year I really wanted my students to have a say, a voice, in everything we did in class. I was stuck on how to get them to have a say on what we learn about when we have this huge curriculum to cover.
In the beginning of the year, I let them brainstorm what they wanted to learn about a specific topic we were learning but I wrote the checklist and rubric about what they needed to cover. As I could see that they began to become adjusted to this, I wanted to give them more say.
I decided to print out the Grade 6 curriculum about Space, our next unit we needed to cover. In Google Classroom, I gave them a shared document where the whole class could write and I asked them 2 questions: ‘What do we need to know about?,’ and ‘What do I want to learn about.’
In groups, the class read through the curriculum and decided what the big ideas they needed to learn were and what they wanted to learn about. Check out the document here. Through a discussion of those ideas and using other science texts as examples, we created a checklist and a rubric.