We’re studying quadratics in my 8th grade class. Even the name can strike fear in the heart of the most competent adult. I didn’t want it to be that way for my math kids. I wrote a good lesson plan and then I let students help me modify it. Essentially, they “taught” me how to teach them better through the interaction and feedback we gave to each other during the learning process. We built the scaffold together.
How can we help novice learners become more expert learners? Canadian educator Peter Skillen has created collaborative journal writing environments to move kids beyond social commenting and into deeper thinking. Here, he shares some of his techniques and invites dialogue.