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I believe students will be more compelled to participate in the project when they feel instrumental in creating the objectives.
In my opinion when my students can take what they have gathered information-wise and deliver it to their peers---it's the best evidence [of mastery]
Regurgitating information is sub-par... when they say it in their own words, there is nothing more powerful than that.
Pedro Cafasso is World Languages Dept Chair at SI College Prep in SF and uses games and active learning to engage his students. He invites them to be part of the learning as opposed to just passive receivers of the learning. He engages all of their bodies and minds and has students stand up in a Sound Ball game in order to get them learning outside of their desks. Pedro is also exploring ways his classroom engages students and allows them to be owners of their learning. He allows students to decide which chairs help them learn best-- he offers 4 different types of chairs and 4 different types of tables.
Pedro even invited his students to be part of designing the classroom. He believes that including students in space design empowers them to drive their learning.
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