What Do You Want To Learn

Students submit suggestions (via post-its, a shared doc, etc.) on topics they want to learn more about. In small groups, students synthesize and cluster the ideas based on common themes and topics. Then, these small groups develop a plan to carry this forward, and present their action plan to others.

For an example of “What do you Want to Learn” in action, watch this short video featuring Steve Staples, Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Set Up:

Allow several days for students to submit their choices. Then, create a class period where small student teams review suggestions and develop their proposed approaches.

Bigger Bites:

  • Give students an opportunity to make this idea a reality (e.g., a Friday afternoon for pop-up sessions led by volunteer students, teachers, administrators, parents, or community experts).
  • Create moments where students can share their understanding of their chosen topic. Students can share feedback to each other utilizing a feedback protocol such as “I Like…, I Wish…, I Wonder…”