The great thing about traveling across time zones is that you lie awake at night and think about stuff.
Last week Melinda Kolk of Tech4Learning interviewed me for an article she is going to write about my new book, #EdJourney. She told me about a teacher in a school she works with; I think it is an elementary school teacher (Melinda, please Tweet out that detail). Each week the teacher writes just four things on the white board; those are the four learning outcomes for the week. Then he turns it over to the students to start to figure out how to get there. Of course he is there to advise, guide, facilitate, coach, remind, prod…and I am sure do some “teaching”. But that is the extent of his course outline as far as the students are concerned…those four things. The rest is flexible.
Your students have to know that you, teacher, trust the absolute heck out of them for this to work. And, as my friend John Hunter, inventor of the World Peace Game, told me, once they know you trust them that much, learning will explode.
What if you reduced the foundational expectations of your week to just four things?