To a Whole New Level: Demonstrating Learning

Lyman Elementary School, Lyman

“Students are able to prove their learning in many different ways.”


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Teacher: The innovative approach that I'm trying to take here is to make sure that the students are all able to have voice and choice within their learning, because the quality of their work is going to become a little bit better as their interest is there.

Making sure that they feel competent and that they're self assured, and that they are able to do this and become successful.

Student: Around the middle of the school year, I created a Monopoly game.

Instead of using the original names of the places, I used places in Maine,

like Lyman and Alfred instead of Boardwalk and Park Place.

And then I created it working with maximum and minimum mode, exponents.

Those were the community chest cards.

If you hit one of those you'd have to solve a problem. And if you got it right, you'd get 75 dollars.

And if you got it wrong you paid $75.

What does 2 to the 4th power equal?

If right, collect $100. if wrong pay 75.

So 2 to the 4 power is [pause]

16. Yep! So that means you get 100 dollars.

Teacher: When they come up with a goal, I say, how are you gonna prove it and I don't have to, at this point, tell them what they need to do.

I'll give them suggestions and make sure that there's depth within their learning.

But they're able to prove their learning in many different ways. And it's creative.

Student: The game is just like Monopoly, except handmade.

It's a lot harder to make than you think.

Teacher: So he's making his job a little bit harder than I probably would have asked him to do in the first place, and that's why this really works because they take it to a whole new level.

Student: In order to be successful in the twenty first century.

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