Very recently, I stumbled upon a comment on twitter by Oliver Quinlan about Negotiated Learning.
I followed a link to his blog and read this :
“Mr Quinlan… can I show you something..?”
You don’t have to have been teaching long to have had one of those moments; when a pupil brings you something amazing they have done of their own accord. When left to their own devices children and young people can often come up with the most exciting examples of their learning
I decided to introduce the idea to my Primary 6 stage class last week – and they loved it. I wanted to stress that the idea wasn’t about regurgitating what they already knew, but that the point was to learn something new then share this new learning with their peers.
I quickly made a makeshift ‘first ideas’ proposal sheet for them to complete.
They were allowed to work on the task on their on, in pairs, or in small groups.
There was a buzz of excitement in the class as they all made their choices about what they were going to learn. The excitement obviously spilled to areas outwith the class, because the HT mentioned how she’d overheard some Primary 6s discussing their ‘negotiated learning’. I hadn’t had the opportunity to share the concept with her … but I think she’s sold on the idea, too now 🙂
Here’s some of the new learning that took place last week: