If I were to summarise my ultimate vision for my teaching career, it would go something like this - students decide what they want to learn, students manage their own learning, computers do all of the repetitive tasks (including grading, come on AI!) and the teacher facilitates the process. Most of the resources that I develop have one of those four goals in mind, including the one below.
This resources has been through a couple of iterations; it started as a Google Doc, that made use of best practices but felt like a little boring. Then it became a Google Sheet with the goal of incorporating some automation, but which ultimately proved a little unwieldy. And finally, something that is just the right length so that it doesn't scare the kids, pushes students to properly consider their learning goals, and provides a way for teachers to track and assess the progress of individual students.
It's not perfect, and after a first run through with my grade 8 students earlier this year there are some changes that I'm keen to make, but I do think it's a neat encapsulation of the possibilities I see for student directed learning, and how it can be assisted with technology.
Task Sheet Template for Student Directed Learning
Luke Scholtes is a Science teacher with eleven years experience, currently working at the American International School of Bucharest.