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.