Our recent posts on the various levels of Bloom’s taxonomy has got me thinking about the subject of thinking. I don’t know about other teachers, but certainly for me at the junior high level I have difficulties convincing students to move into that phase of asking ‘Why?’
I came across this series of statements about independent scholarship in the great blog Motivational Magic (check it out, fellow educators of all sorts), and I instantly stole it because I think it sums up a lot of what I want students to end up doing in my classes.
Are able to plan and complete complicated projects.
Are able to set goals and evaluate projects.
Are able to complete tasks without supervision.
Are able to ask for assistance only when necessary to complete assignments.
Are able to turn in all assignments on time.
Are able to find productive activities to engage in after their required work is completed.
Funnily enough, for me, the first statement is the most critical. Planning is something that a lot of students don’t do as well as they could. Planning requires foresight, judgement, and the ability to reflect on one’s progress. I would love my students to be able to carry out the steps laid out here.
Now, to figure out how to teach this concept by concept…