Choice. Ownership. and Voice through Authentic Learning.
You can come into my classroom on any given day of the school year and you’ll see students working in groups, independently, on technology, without technology. I’ve got all the things going on in one room. Makes for a great experience for my students am I right? I always thought so. COVA showed me that wasn’t really the case.
I might have felt like I give my students CHOICE and VOICE in their learning. What I was really giving them was an A or B option. Very cut and dry. Doesn’t really sound like choice anymore. Those two options may not be the best fit for some of my students to learn authentically. If it’s not authentic and there’s no CHOICE, is is meaningful?
Meaningful learning creates students that want to learn. They begin to make connections across all genres in all learning environments. What more cold a teacher ask for? Is it possible to have a classroom full of students that WANT to learn and own it in the process?
Possible….Yes. Easy….No. Challenge accepted.
“If you just focus on choice, ownership, and voice through authentic learning opportunities, you will start to see a radical change in your learning environment, and you will also see what else is needed to make that learning environment more effective.”(Harapnuik et al., 2018, p. 11)
Harapnuik, D., Thibodeaux, T., & Cummings, C. (2018). COVA: Choice, Ownership, and Voice through Authentic Learning (Version 0.9 ed.) [PDF]. Creative Commons License.