Belief that students learn best in environments of high expectations that are student-centered, developmentally responsive, academically challenging, and safe to make learning mistakes in.
In Practice: When this belief is upheld, educators construct lessons that prompt students to think uniquely and critically about academic concepts, rather than having students turn in a worksheet where every response is the same. Educators who hold this belief welcome and encourage varying student perspectives and use these perspectives to further drive student engagement.
Use graphic organizers as a way to support your lesson design. Here are a few ideas:
- Use for structured reflection of new content
- Show relationships between events, ideas, objects, and topics
- Examine different facets of a situation
- Classify, categorize, and organize ideas