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An attempt at SDL & CoL

My first attempt at a lesson with elements of self-directed learning as well as collaborative learning.

This was a Primary 5 Science lesson on Water Cycle. The objectives of the lesson was to allow pupils to be aware of two important concepts.

  • The need to conserve water
  • The effects of water pollution

The lesson is broken up into two parts and pupils are guided by instructions on a website.

Importance of Water

The first part of the lesson is where the class shared their understanding of the importance of water by working in pairs to collaborate and post their discussion outcome on Linoit post-it. The teacher will then gather the class’ attention to share some good discussion points with the class.

Clean Water is Essential

The second part is where the self-directed element comes in. Pupils are now required to investigate the importance of clean water and publish their findings on a Glog. Pupils are to work in groups of 2 to 4 to co-create this glog. Pupils have very clear learning goals they need to achieve and the glog is used as an assessment of their learning. A rubrics is provided for pupils to self evaluate their own glogs and make improvements where necessary.

Subsequently, the teacher would get pupils to “like” glogs which they find meaningful, satisfies the learning goals and meets the requirements of a good glog (based on the rubrics). They can also ask questions or give comments to build on the ideas of their friends.

Will this lesson provide pupils with the opportunity to do self-directed and collaborative learning? Do give me your feedback.

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Self-Directed Learning (SDL) & Collaborative Learning (CoL)

I recently went for a seminar organised by Crescent Girls School called Cradle. There, the concept of SDL and CoL was explained in detail by our colleagues from Educational Technology Division (ETD). I must say that session really cleared a lot of my confusion about  SDL and CoL.

In essence, there are altogether 4 frameworks that MOE has developed, 2 for SDL and 2 for CoL. One framework for pupils, the other for teachers. What I’ve learnt is that when we look at the frameworks, it should be looked at side by side. Meaning to say that if we want the pupils to display the outcomes of SDL and CoL, the teacher actually plays a critical role in providing the structure and opportunities for them to develop their skills in SDL and CoL.

Thus, it is imperative that, we, as teachers, begin thinking of how we can, in our everyday lessons, provide the structure and opportunities for pupils to do self-directed learning and collaborative learning. Therefore, I hope to get our ICT Champions begin writing SDL/CoL lesson plans. I believe most of us have integrated ICT in our lessons before, so it’s now just a matter of adding in SDL / CoL elements into our lessons.

Hopefully, we can start a wave of SDL and CoL lessons in our school!